Fat grafting, also referred to as a fat transfer, is a procedure that uses a person’s own fat to fill out the hollows in the face. The use of fat as a volume enhancer has revolutionized the treatment of the aging face. Structural components are lost during the aging process giving rise to the hollow and collapsed appearance of the face. Facial sculpting with fat can restore the natural contours of the cheeks, chin, eyes and mouth area. Sunken cheeks, the grooves running from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and under the eyes are the most common places where volume can be lost over time. Fat Grafting can be a great alternative to other dermal fillers and have a longer lasting result. It can also be performed in combination with other procedures such as facelifts or brow-lifts.
Small amounts of adipose fat are extracted from the abdomen, hip, or thigh area using a thin liposuction cannula. The fat is then filtered through a process called centrifuging which results in a pure liquid fatty tissue that can be injected into the chosen areas. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia but intravenous anesthesia is also an option.
Patients are allowed to go home following the procedure. The recovery is generally a mild process. There will be some bruising, swelling, and tenderness in both the face and donor site, but in most cases, the pain is minimal and discomfort is managed with mild analgesics. It is necessary to limited physical activity for 3 weeks while in recovery.
The initial healing takes about 7-10 days, however, the face may remain swollen for up to 4 weeks after which results are seen. Newer fat grafting techniques have improved the longevity of the fat transferred. Generally, a small portion of the fat grafted will be reabsorbed by the body (20% to 40%) over several months to years. After that reabsorption, the results seen can be considered permanent and your rejuvenated appearance will be seen for many years.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The Adler Process
Plastic surgery can be a big life decision. Our team can help answer questions and aid in every step of the way. Here is an overview of our 4 step process.
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Step 1 - Schedule Consultation
When you schedule a consultation, our administrator will review the cost of the procedure with you, explain what to expect, recovery time and answer any questions you have so you fully understand the procedure. We also schedule your Meet with Dr. Adler.
Step 2 - Meet with Dr. Adler
Step 3 - Preparation and Surgery Day
A pre and post op package is prepared for you that is catered to your surgery that will have instructions for surgery prep . You will need to follow the instructions in the package prior to surgery day. On surgery day, you are greeted by a nurse and escorted to our on site surgical suite where you are made comfortable and a pre-op interview is conducted before surgery begins.