Fat Transfer - Putting "Bad" Fat to Good Use

Replacing facial volume lost with aging by relocating your own fat can restore youthful facial proportions as well as improve the appearance of the skin. And isn't it great to donate fat from a place you probably don't want it?

Using your own fat eliminates the potential complications associated with foreign material and the results can last over 10 years. Another advantage to fat grafting is that fat is rich with growth factors and stem cells. These are the undifferentiated cells that when placed in contact with other types of tissue will actually create or repair that tissue. It has been noted for years that the skin over areas where fat has been injected appears smoother and firmer.

Fat grafting can be used to fill out multiple areas of the face or in localized areas anywhere on the body. It can be used to plump up aging hands and correct depressions from previous liposuction, surgical defects and scars.

Fat is not an optimal choice for filling superficial wrinkles or lips.

What's involved in a fat transfer?
A consultation is done to determine if a patient is a good candidate and to evaluate how much fat should be transferred. On the day of the treatment, after local anesthetic is applied to the donor site (usually the abdomen), Dr. Elliott gently removes some fat, washes & concentrates it, and then meticulously injects the fat into the areas desired.

Fat transfers can sometimes last 10 years or more but results are less predictable than with dermal fillers. Sometimes people need two or three treatments done several months apart to reach desired results and touch-up treatments every few years as needed may be done to obtain permanent results. Therefore, if you are considering a fat transfer, you should be willing to repeat the procedure if needed. We can arrange for extra fat removed during the treatment to be frozen and stored in a tissue bank if desired, to be used for touch-up treatments.

What are potential problems or complications with fat transfer?

Like any procedure utilizing injections, complications can include bleeding and bruising at the harvesting or injecting sites. Infection is a rare but potential complication.  

As with dermal fillers, over-correction and under-correction can occur. Since fat may last permanently where it's grafted, over-correction can only be corrected by removing it surgically.

Because patients are all different in so many ways, fat transfer does not have the same results in everyone & may not an individual's best choice. 

Call our office at 727-571-1923 today for a free consultation to learn more about if fat grafting can help you achieve the look you want.