What is a Fat Transfer?
Aging is most frequently caused by a loss of fat and “volume” in the face. If you have facial wrinkles, thin lips, sunken cheeks, or skin depressions, you may be a good candidate for fat transfer in St. Louis.
This procedure plumps these areas, restoring volume and creating a smoother appearance by transferring fat from the stomach, thighs, or buttocks. Since the fat from your own body is used, there is no need for a synthetic filler. Therefore, the risks of an allergic or other reaction that you might have to a synthetic product is avoided.
Fat transfer can:
- Fill in cheeks that have sunken so that they appear lifted.
- Eliminate wrinkles by filling in the indentations or depressions in the skin.
- Create a foundation for other filler treatments to the lips, eyelids, nasolabial folds and other facial sites
Fat Transfer Consultation
Dr. Holds will talk with you about what you want to accomplish and advise you whether fat transfer is the best procedure to achieve your desired results. Often, fat transfer is combined with another procedure, such as a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This combined treatment is usually more powerful than either procedure alone, producing the best possible appearance for you.
Fat Transfer Procedure
Today’s cosmetic procedures are usually straightforward and safe. In fat transfer, the area where the fat will be removed is first anesthetized. Then, a small “cannula” is used to remove some of the fat from this donor site (the stomach, thighs, or buttocks.) The fat is prepared, straining out non-cellular fluids, and another even smaller cannula is then used to precisely layer and inject this fat into the face.
The facial areas need to be over-filled just a bit since your body will absorb some of the fat during the weeks following the procedure.
This surgery is often performed under a local anesthetic in the office or can be performed under an intravenous sedative or general anesthetic in the outpatient operating room. You can go home the same day, although someone else should do the driving, as you will be swollen and may still feel drowsy from the sedative.
What is the Recovery Period From Fat Transfer?
Plan to rest at home the first 24-48 hours after your procedure. You will be extremely swollen for the first 2-4 days, and you must refrain from strenuous exercise for at least a few days. Discomfort, inflammation, and bruising vary, but you will receive a prescription for pain medication that you can fill if needed.
Fat transfer is very safe and effective since your body is responding to its own fat cells. The results can vary, however, and some patients may require a subsequent treatment to achieve their desired results. Nevertheless, you can achieve long-term structural improvement with this technique, reversing a fundamental change associated with facial aging.
Fat Transfer Before and After
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