Facial rejuvenation is an ever-growing segment of the plastic surgery industry, with safer, less invasive technology becoming more readily available all the time. While some people prefer to focus on fixing wrinkles byusing dermal fillers or Botox, others are looking for ways to fill in lost volume that can make the face appear gaunt and hollow. Fat transfer is a natural solution to this problem, taking fat from an area where it is plentiful and injecting it into areas of the face where it is needed. Many patients who are interested in this option are worried about downtime, however. Just how invasive is fat transfer? Let’s break down the process to get an idea of how involved the procedure is.
Step 1: Liposuction
One of the benefits patients enjoy from fat transfer is the fat spot reduction of areas like the hips, stomach, thighs and buttocks, in order to harvest enough fat for transfer. While in the past, only invasive liposuction techniques with a lengthy recovery period were available, today we have gentler options, such as SmartLipo laser liposuction. The area from which the fat will be taken is numbed using local anesthetic, and the patient may elect to have sedation if desired. Liposuction is performed through tiny incisions, and the heat of the laser helps offset some of the skin laxity that can occur with fat removal.
Step 2: Purification
After harvest, the fat must be prepared for transfer by undergoing a purification process. This ensures that the fat is safe to re-inject, and also helps encourage the fat to live and thrive in the site where it is to be injected.
Step 3: Injection
During this phase, the surgeon injects the purified fat back into the face, with no incisions used whatsoever. This process involves a lot of skill, in order to make the treated areas of the face even and rejuvenated, with good fat longevity. The surgeon will overfill the treated areas somewhat, as some of the grafted fat will be naturally reabsorbed by the body over time, and overfilling helps compensate for this loss. Before the treatment, patient and doctor determine which areas of the face will receive the most attention.
Step 4: Recovery
Recovery is minimal for fat transfer, but there will be some initial swelling and bruising in the treated areas, so patients are advised to take it easy for a while following surgery. Discomfort is usually minimal, and patients who only had small areas treated should be able to return to normal activities within a day or so. Patients who had large areas treated should wait a bit until they are more comfortable to return to work and other activities.
Benefits of Fat Transfer
Fat transfer has several advantages over solutions like Botox or facial fillers. First, it is a natural rejuvenation method, using the patient’s own fat. This helps prevent a host of problems, including allergic reaction and rejection. It also helps make the results long-lasting–up to 10 years or more for surviving fat cells, making fat transfer a convenient and economical choice long-term. Other anti-aging injections must be repeated every few months for continued results, and the cost can quickly add up.
For a Safe and Successful Procedure, Choose an Expert
Fat transfer may be a non-invasive procedure, but it requires a great deal of skill to be able to administer the treatment successfully. If you want the best results, then come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery to meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. HaithamMasri. Dr. Masri has been helping patients reach their goals for over 25 years, and is triple board certified. If you’d like to learn more about fat transfer with Dr. Masri, call Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery at 866-487-3223 to schedule your complimentary consultation in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI.