What is Fat Transfer?
Fine lines and wrinkles can be filled with fat taken from other parts of the body. Fat transfer is also referred to as autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection. This procedure is used to plump up facial features with a patient's own fat and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments.
What can a Fat Transfer Treat?
Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to re-contour your face and can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities.
What is the Treatment Plan?
During fat transfer, our dermatologist specialists will remove fat from your thighs, buttocks, or abdomen via liposuction and then transfer it to any area of your body. The injected fat will last the longest in areas of the body that remain relatively still.
With a small syringe, fat is drawn from an area of the body where your fat is tightly packed, such as your abdomen or your buttocks. The fat is then processed to remove excess fluids and re-injected using a new needle, which is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle.
What are the Most Common Fat Transfer Procedures?
Fat transfer procedures have become very popular and are commonly performed on the face and areas of the body. The most common fat transfer techniques at this time are:
- Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. This surgery injects harvested fat cells into specific areas of the buttocks to perfect volume and contour.
- Breast Augmentation. Using fat cells as an alternative to silicone or saline implants, surgeons can achieve beautiful, lasting results.
- Facial rejuvenation. Facial fat grafting can address numerous concerns, including flattened cheekbones, and deep creases.
Does Fat Transfer Hurt?
Rest assured that your comfort is our priority during fat transfer treatment. The liposuction that is performed to harvest fat cells involves tumescent fluid that includes a powerful anesthetic. A local anesthetic may also be injected into the recipient site. In some cases, the fat transfer procedure can be performed with light sedation to amplify the effects of the local anesthetic.
What is the Survival Rate for Transferred Fat Cells?
While technologies have improved since the fat transfer procedure was first developed, there is still some anticipation of resorption during the integration process. For the transferred fat to live, it must develop a new blood supply. Cells that do not eventually die off and get absorbed by the body. The survival rate for transferred fat cells is between 50 and 85 percent. Knowing this, your doctor will likely add an extra amount of fat cells to the recipient area. That said, there is a chance that you may want a touch-up once your final cosmetic outcome is apparent.
What Should I Do to Get the Best Results from My Fat Transfer?
We should state that, no matter what you do, some degree of resorption is going to occur after your fat transfer. Your aftercare instructions will provide tips for supporting the development of a new blood supply so you can achieve the best possible results. Primarily, your doctor will advise you to avoid disrupting the area that has been treated. Direct pressure on the recipient site is a major factor in fat loss. Depending on the area treated with fat transfer, you may need to modify certain behaviors. For example, if you've had a Brazilian Butt Lift, you will be advised not to sit directly on the buttocks for at least a few weeks. If you've had a facial fat transfer, you will be instructed to sleep with your head elevated for a week or two at least.
How Long Will My Results Last?
After having a BBL, natural breast augmentation, or facial fat injections, you can expect to see your final treatment outcome about six months after your procedure. After that time, the fat that has integrated into the subcutaneous tissue will remain there permanently. It's important to know that the transferred fat cells will behave just like native fat. They will expand if you gain weight and will shrink if you lose weight. Your treatment outcome will be long-lasting but does not withstand the aging process. At some point, as your skin and connective tissue weaken with age, she results of your fat transfer may diminish somewhat.
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Where Can Fat Transfer be Used?
Fat transfer can be very successful for adding volume back to sunken cheeks. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, it is impossible to have an allergic reaction.
Fat transfer can also be used for hand rejuvenation and to correct deformities following injuries.
Fat Transfer in South Florida
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