Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that transfers fat from an area where you don’t need it, such as your chin or abdomen, to an area where you would like to add volume, such as your breasts or buttocks. Also known as fat injections, fat grafting, or lipofilling, this procedure uses your own fat to fill in irregularities in your body contours. Your doctor removes the fat with liposuction, processes the fat, and then injects it into your facial skin to restore volume, moisture, and lift. You can use your fat transfer as an opportunity to resculpt your face and body, like filling out your cheeks, or with breast fat transfer.
While we have fat cells all over our body, it doesn’t always stay where we want it to. In addition, as we age, our skin loses key components that keep it firm and youthful, such as hyaluronic acid (HA), collagen and elastin, and fat.
This can cause your skin to sag and droop, developing lines and other signs of aging. This can cause a loss of confidence and self-esteem. A fat transfer replaces that lost volume with your unneeded fat so that it integrates into your tissues and restores your skin’s thickness. Fat transfers can restore youthful contours on your body and hips, correct wrinkles and creases, and smooth indented scars such as acne. You can also replace dermal fillers with a longer-lasting fat transfer. Rediscover a happier, younger version of you with fat transfer.
Fat transfer generally follows the same procedure. In the first part of a fat transfer, your surgeon uses liposuction to extract excess fat from underneath your chin (i.e., the submental area), or from the body area of your choice.
After harvesting your fat from donor sites on your body, the doctor prepares it for injection. Several areas of your body can receive a fat transfer, including your hips, buttocks, face, breasts, stomach, legs, and even areas that have depressions from scarring. This can enhance your figure, smooth wrinkles and irregularities, refine contours, and fill in depressions in your skin. If you’re only having enough fat removed for a fat transfer, your doctor performs the procedure with local anesthesia.
If you’d like liposuction performed on a large body area, such as your abdomen or hips, you may require general anesthesia. After removing the excess fat, your Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center surgeon processes it in a centrifuge to purify it. They then inject the fat into your target area to fill in your missing volume. If you’re having a facelift or other procedure, your surgeon adds the fat to your face after the lift while you’re still under general anesthesia. This is normally an outpatient procedure and you should be able to return home the same day.
In general, recovery times are short after fat transfer. This is because the only incisions are small and come from the donor site, at which the doctor suctions off fat to be transferred. While there may be some bruising from this, these incisions are small and should heal quickly.
The actual fat injection is minimally invasive, with only the injection needle disrupting the outer layer of your skin. The injected fat can cause feelings of soreness, tenderness, and tightness, but this should subside within a week. You can manage your discomfort with most pain relievers and can ask for a pain prescription if needed.
The swelling will take longer to go down. Your body can also absorb 20% - 50% of the grafted fat. Your new body shape will slowly appear as the swelling fades and the fat establishes itself. It can take up to six months to see the full results.
Fat transfer can lead to long-last results that will treat target areas in a permanent way.
Depending on what areas you have treated, fat transfer can correct irregularities, dents, deep wrinkles, depressions, lines, and folds in your face and body. It can also improve the overall quality of your skin and create a healthier body. While some of the fat may be reabsorbed back into your body, the rest will stay in its new place and provide you the coverage you have been looking for.
The Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center has been serving Temecula and the surrounding communities for over 40 years. It offers the highest quality service for your cosmetic needs and will curate a plan for every patient it sees. Restore your face’s youthful contours while sculpting your body, too, by getting a fat transfer procedure. Call Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center today or use the online form for an appointment.
If you find yourself dissatisfied with lost volume in your face, buttocks, stomach, or even breasts, you may want to consider a fat transfer. It’s a minimally invasive surgery that can smooth out uneven spots in your body and create new contours for a younger-looking version of you. Fat transfer at the Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center can help you achieve your cosmetic ideal.
A facelift alone is a great way to restore your face to a more youthful position and trim away redundant skin. By adding a fat transfer to your facelift, you restore youthful volume as well as position. The end result is softer and more natural-looking than a facelift alone.
Between 70-90% of the fat transferred in your graft only lasts for a few months. However, the rest of your fat integrates into your skin and can last for up to three years.
Not really. You will be under anesthesia, during the procedure. When you wake up, you may be sore and have some mild discomfort, particularly from the donor sites where there are incisions and liposuction. However, this usually can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
The only scars you may get will come from liposuction, which uses small incisions to then remove fat from the donor site on your body. These are small incisions, which the doctor will place in hidden or less visible areas where they are unlikely to be noticeable. They will also fade over time.
The cost of fat transfer will change depending on the type and the location of your body, as well as if it's combined with any other procedures. If you require a fat transfer for medical reasons, your insurance provider may cover the cost. However, if this is an elective procedure, you will have to pay out of pocket. The Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center does offer financing and payment plan options if needed.
If you would like to know more about your Temecula fat transfer, you will need to come in for a consultation at the Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center. This will allow the doctors to examine you and make sure you’re eligible for the procedure. Generally speaking, ideal candidates for fat transfer are between 30-65, do not suffer from circulation issues, and are in good health.
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