A fat transfer, also called fat grafting, is a process that takes fat from one part of the body (such as the abdomen or buttocks) and injects the fat into another part of the body. The goal is to restore volume to the area that receives the fat grafts. Fat can be injected into the face, lips, buttocks, hands, or breasts. A fat transfer is a great way to restore volume to the face. Fat is commonly transferred to the cheeks, folds around the mouth and nose, and jawline. Fat injections can also be used to fill in bags under the eyes for a more rested and youthful appearance.
Why fat? Unlike dermal fillers, the fat comes from your own body and is all natural. After removal, the fat is purified and prepared for injection. When a fat transfer is performed properly, a majority of the fat cells survive and are permanent.
What happens during a fat transfer? Fat grafting can be done under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Similar to liposuction, fat is harvested from a donor site using thin hollow tubes called cannulas. The fat is then processed and transferred into a syringe for injection. Finally, the surgeon will inject the fat into the recipient site using a needle.
How long is the recovery process? There may be some swelling, bruising, or discomfort during the first 7-10 days following the procedure. By the third week you should be able to return to your normal, non-strenuous activities. Once the swelling subsides, your results will become apparent.
If you are looking for facial rejuvenation, a fat transfer may be right for you. Contact Aesthetics International USA at 678.691.0880 today to schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon.