Facial Fat Transfer: what is it and how can it benefit you?
Fat transfer remains a valuable option for patients desiring a more natural improvement in facial contour and fullness.
Fat transfer uses your own tissue as a graft to improve facial volume and contour. Often patients are seeking facial and dermal fillers which provide temporary improvement at a significant cost with side effects such as delayed swelling or an unnatural look. Fat transfer is an alternative that avoids these complications (although it has it’s own risks associated with it). Fat can be transferred into the cheeks, cheek bone area, temples, eyelids, lips and lower face (marionette lines).
Fat is harvested under local anesthetic from your abdomen or hips. It is then processed in a specific manner and transferred to small syringes which are used to inject the fat into desired areas. The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia depending on patient preference. Once the fat has taken, the result is permanent. This is in contrast to most dermal fillers which are temporary.
Fat is transferred as a graft. This means it does not have its own blood supply and the expectation is that it creates its own blood supply as it takes. A certain amount of fat will not take. Typically patients can expect 40 – 50 percent of the fat to survive the transfer process. In general, fat that does not take simply disappears. Rarely, it can form lumps or calcifications.
There is evidence to show that fat transferred simultaneously with PRP results in additive improvement. This technique is offered and performed in our practice.
Contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilson to determine the best approach to provide natural correction to facial volume loss.