Fat transfer, also called lipoinjection or fat grafting, is a method of soft tissue augmentation that has been used for many years. Fat transfer works like other wrinkle fillers, but it uses your own fat cells as a filler to correct grooves and wrinkles on your face. Because your own fat cells are used, you can’t have an allergic reaction to the injections.
Dr. Will performs fat grafting for patients who want a natural way to achieve long-lasting correction to signs of facial aging.
As we age, we lose fat deposits under our skin. Fat transfer can help correct signs of facial aging associated with this loss of fat.
With fat transfer, Dr. Will focuses on increasing volume, softening lines, filling in deep wrinkles or creases, and contouring certain areas. A plump, full face is a characteristic of youth. Using fat transfer to reverse age-related facial fat loss is one way to restore that fullness.
Dr. Will can use fat transfer to treat:
Due to the potential development of microcalcifications associated with fat grafting to augment the breast and the inability to distinguish these calcifications form those that develop with breast cancer, the use of fat transfer for breast augmentation purposes is currently contraindicated. The availability and consistency of fat is an ideal breast augmentation material, however, this procedure can cause confusion for radiologists who are interpreting mammograms, which may lead to unnecessary biopsies and invasive breast surgeries to rule out malignant breast disease.
In clinical terms, the fat transfer procedure is called “lipoinjection with autologous fat.” This means that the injected fat is obtained from your own body.
Fat transfer is a two-stage procedure. First, fatty tissue is harvested with a syringe or thin tube (called a microcannula) from an area of your body with dense fat cells. After the fat is collected, it will be purified. Then you are ready for the second part of the procedure–the reinjection. Dr. Will injects small droplets of fat into areas where your face needs more volume.
Dr. Will can collect enough fat cells for fat transfer without making a noticeable impact on the part of your body from which fat is collected. The fat can be quickly purified and reinjected, or it can be collected and stored for later use. Dr. Will can collect all the fat at one time, even if he plans to perform several injection sessions.
Fat transfer is not permanent. However, the results can last for years—which is longer than the results of any manufactured dermal filler currently available.
Fat injection is a more intricate process than injection of other dermal fillers, since it requires extraction of fat and special knowledge about how your body will reabsorb the fat. Your body will likely break down and clear away some of the injected fat.
You may experience some swelling and bruising after the procedure. When done correctly, fat transfer can bring about pleasing, natural-looking results that noticeably improve your appearance.
If you are interested in fat transfer to help you correct signs of facial aging, contact us today at Will Surgical Arts. We perform fat grafting in our Ijamsville, Maryland cosmetic surgery office, which is conveniently located near Urbana, Frederick, and the Washington, DC metro area). Call or send us an email to get more information about fat transfer or to arrange an appointment.
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