Fat Transfer (also called fat grafting)
While fat may be unwanted in some areas of the body, in other areas such as the face, it can help a patient achieve a more youthful appearance. With fat transfer, Dr. Nick Sieveking can remove these fat cells from one area of the body and transfer it, giving a natural-looking volume to the face.
What is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer (also called fat grafting) plumps up facial features with a patient’s own fat and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. 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. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it’s from your own body.
With fat transfer it is possible to have fat liposuctioned from your thighs and then transferred to any area of your body. Reinjected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks because this area does not move as often.
What are the benefits of Fat Transfer?
Fat transferred to the face can last as long as three years, (much longer than other injectable fillers like: Juvederm or Restylane.) Since it is your own fat cells, it provides a safer and more natural appearance, with no chance of an allergic reaction. It is a noninvasive method for achieving facial rejuvenation. Fat transfer can be very cost effective when combined with any other surgical procedures, or can be done in office saving costs on surgery center and anesthesia fees.
Fat Transfer Procedure
Fat transfer can be performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where your fat is most tightly packed, such as your abdomen or buttocks.
Once removed, your fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then reinjected using another needle, which is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.