What is Fat Transfer procedure and how it is done?
As a normal part of the aging process, it is very common that you start losing volume in various areas of your body such as face, hands, breasts and buttocks. This significant loss of volume leaves you looking much older than you feel while adversely affecting your overall looks. If you’re thinking undergoing rejuvenation treatment to restore the youthful appearance but don’t want to go for any facelift or any facial plastic surgery then you may consider Fat Transfer or fat injections treatment that restores the lost volume and reverses the signs of aging.
This method can restore appealing contours to your under-eye area, cheeks, chin, breasts, buttocks while adding volume to lips and hands.
Here’s what you need to understand about the procedure of Fat Transfer to get a younger-looking appearance:
What is Fat Transfer?
The terms Fat Transfer, Fat Grafting, Fat Injections, Autologous Fat Transfer and Microlipoinjection all refer to the procedure in which the own body fat of an individual is used to add volume to the sunken areas of the body. The fat is transferred from the areas having excess fat deposits such as outer thighs and injected into the areas lacking the volume such as face, hands, breasts and buttocks.
It is safe procedure that gives long-lasting results and younger looks.
Which areas of the face and body can be treated with the procedure?
The most common Fat Grafted areas are hands, face, breasts, buttocks and any depressions in the skin. The facial areas that can be improved with the procedure include creases in forehead or between eyebrows and hollows under the eyes.
It also improves or plump up the contour around the nose, area between upper lip and nose, temples and jaw-line. The treatment also corrects scars, hollow or sunken areas and any other place of face or neck where volume has been lost.
Why it is done?
The main goal of Fat Transfer procedure is to add the volume or fullness to the areas which receives the fat grafts. As we age, the dermis layer under the skin becomes thin while leaving the face looking thin with the effect that the skin is sagging. The procedure is done to add the fat to the targeted area beneath the skin which gives the effect of fullness.
Who are the ideal candidates for the procedure?
The ideal candidates for the procedure are adults who want to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, creases, frown lines, marionette lines (lines running from sides of mouth down to chin) or facial depressions. The treatment is also used for lip augmentation.
The procedure of Fat Injections can also be used in patients, who have lipoatrophy, which is the loss of that layer of fat which forms the contours of jaw-line and cheeks. Those who are suffering from a facial problem that isn’t included in above listed problems should consult the specialist about whether Fat Transfer will treat their problem or they need any other facial treatment.
For those who desire an increase in the breast size, then they are good candidates for Fat Grafting but they should already have nice shape and fine skin tone. Breast augmentation is not the right solution for those having sagging breasts with poor skin. If the breast needs an optimal shape during a breast implant procedure then Fat Grafting can be a useful option. If the individual has any breast defect after having a lumpectomy (surgical process to remove breast cancer) then Fat Grafting can be an ideal solution to treat the defects.
For those individuals who desire a fuller and more rounded buttock can opt for Brazilian Butt Lift, a treatment in which fat transfer is used that provides more curvaceous buttock without any implant.
Hand rejuvenation is done with the use of fat grafting which adds volume to the hands, plump up wrinkled areas, covers the underlying vessels and tendons and improves the skin quality.
During your first appointment with the cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon, it is essentials that you should provide your complete medical history and inform the specialist if you are a smoker or taking blood thinners, birth control pills, medications or supplements, because all this information helps the doctor to determine whether you are the right candidate for Fat Transfer.
What is the difference between Fat Injections and Dermal Fillers?
The major difference between Fat Transfer and Dermal Fillers is that there is no foreign material introduce in the body during Fat Grafting. This benefit of Fat Injections greatly helps the people who are sensitive to products which are used in dermal fillers.
Secondly, the effects of fat transfer typically last for several months to years or they can also be permanent, while on the other hand, additional treatment sessions are required because dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid that can break and disappear over the span of few months after the treatment.
What is the procedure of Fat Transfer?
The procedure involves three steps of removing the fat from donor site (the area having excess fat), purifying the fat and re-injecting fat cells into targeted site.
Before the procedure:
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia on an out-patient setting. Some doctors may also give oral sedative to some patients who are much worried, but it isn’t normally needed. The amount and type of anesthesia depends on the amount of liposuction and Fat Transfer which you require.
You should avoid using blood thinners two weeks prior the procedure. There is no need of pre-procedure allergy test because there is no risk of any allergic reaction against your own fat cells.
Step 1) : Fat removal:
The procedure begins with liposuction for removing the excess fat from donor site, which includes either abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs or jowls. Very low suction liposuction is used because the goal is to collect undamaged fat cells to large amount as possible. The fat cells are removed from the donor site by using small gauze hypodermic needle or with the help of special cannula that will not damage the fat cells.
Step 2) : Isolating fat cells:
When an adequate amount of fat is collected then it is spun at very high speed in a machine called, centrifuge which separates the fat cells from the liquid that is collected during liposuction. Damaged fat cells are also removed and only undamaged and cleansed fat cells then used for the transfer.
Step 3) : Re-injecting the fat:
The last step of the procedure is that when the doctor injects the fat cells into targeted site(s) by using hypodermic syringe, at the depth that is needed to achieve the desired results. The site(s) for injecting the fat has already been identified by the doctor.
After the procedure:
Immediately after the procedure, you may feel slight bruising or swelling at the donor or targeted site(s) but it can go away within few days and if you feel any discomfort then the doctor recommend pain medication. Remember, to carefully follow post-operative instructions from the doctor.
What is the recovery time and results?
It has been observed that most of the patients can return to routine activities within some hours or one day or maximum two days after the procedure.
The results can be immediately visible, although individual results may vary but with properly performed procedure, the results can last for years or they can also even permanent. The results of Fat Grafting usually last longer than the results of dermal fillers.
What are the benefits of the procedure?
Following are the benefits of Fat Injections:
- It is non-invasive method.
- The results are natural and long-lasting even longer than dermal fillers.
- It is a safe procedure that reduces the chances of allergic reactions as a person’s own fat is used.
- It is a versatile treatment which can treat many facial imperfections including depressions and scars.
- The procedure is excellent complement to other facial resurfacing procedures including chemical peels, microdermabrasion and Botox cosmetic injections.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
There are very minimal risks associated with Fat Grafting because the own fat cells of an individual are re-injected, reducing the risk of allergic reaction. Swelling or bruising may happen but it is not common. You should consider risks and benefits of the treatment before opting it.
Consider your Fat Transfer at Laser Klinic in NYC:
It is very important for you to choose the surgeon who is qualified, trained, board certified and experienced with Fat Grafting. The surgeons at Laser Klinic are highly qualified and have extensive years of experience in performing various cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.
They are highly recommended in NYC to provide Fat Transfer treatment to those individuals who want to add fullness in volume-deficient areas, while giving them the best treatment with personalized care. So, if you want a perfect contoured body and rejuvenating face then schedule an appointment with our specialists right now.