What is a Fat Transfer?
Your skin is one of the first places on your body that shows visible signs of aging—leaving you with a loss of collagen and fine lines and wrinkles. If you have facial wrinkles, thin lips, sunken cheeks, or skin depressions, you may be a good candidate for a fat transfer from Dr. John B. Holds.
This unique procedure uses your body’s own fat to help restore volume, plump up areas, and create a smoother appearance on your face. Because there is no synthetic product involved, it lowers the risks of allergic reactions or risks.
Benefits of a Fat Transfer
Here at Dr. John B. Holds office, we recommend fat transfer because it:
- Fills in cheeks that have sunken so that they appear lifted.
- Eliminates wrinkles by filling in the indentations or depressions in the skin.
- Creates a foundation for other filler treatments to the lips, eyelids, nasolabial folds and other facial sites.
- It’s all-natural.
Fat Transfer Candidates
What Areas Can Fat be Transferred From?
Typically, fat is extracted from areas of your body that contain more fat. These may include your:
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
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. To start out, the area where the fat will be removed will be anesthetized. Then, a small cannula will be used to remove some of the fat from the donor site (the stomach, thighs, or buttocks). The fat is then prepared, straining out non-cellular fluids, and injected into the face.
During this process, the facial areas will be slightly over-filled because your body will absorb some of the fat during the weeks following the procedure. The good news is that you can go home the same day. Arrange to have someone pick you up because you may be swollen and drowsy from the sedative.
Fat Transfer Before and After
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Fat Transfer Recovery
Plan to rest at home the first 24-48 hours after your procedure. You will be extremely swollen for the first two to four days, and you must refrain from strenuous exercise for at least a couple of days. Discomfort, inflammation, and bruising vary from patient-to-patient, but you will receive a prescription for pain medication that you can fill if needed.