Fat Transfer

What is a Fat Transfer?

Fat Transfer | Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. | St. Louis

Your skin is one of the first places on your body that shows visible signs of aging. As you age, it can leave you with fine lines, wrinkles, and a drop in collagen. To reverse these signs of aging, some patients choose to have a fat transfer.

A fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, involves taking body fat from somewhere else on the patient’s body and placing it into another place on their body. At Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. we use this unique procedure to help restore volume, plump up areas, and create a smoother appearance on your face.

Benefits of a Fat Transfer

Dr. John B. Holds recommends a fat transfer because of the benefits from the procedure. These benefits include:

  • The appearance of fuller and lifted cheeks
  • Depressions, indentations, and wrinkles are filled in
  • Creating a foundation for filler treatments to the lips, eyelids, nasolabial folds and other areas
  • It’s all-natural so the risk of an allergic reaction is lower

Fat Transfer Candidates

Patients who suffer from volume loss in the face and around the eyes are candidates for a fat transfer. Additionally, candidates for facial fat transfer have wrinkles, thin lips, sunken cheeks, or skin depressions that they would like to have filled.

Where do you transfer the fat from?

Dr. Holds can extract fat from other places on your body. These donor areas can include:

  • Stomach
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs

Fat Transfer Consultation

Before your surgery, Dr. Holds will talk with you about what you want to accomplish and advise you whether a fat transfer is the best procedure to achieve the results you desire. Often, Dr. Holds will suggest that you combine a fat transfer with another procedure, such as a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This combination of treatment is usually more powerful than either procedure alone, producing the best possible appearance for you.

“I’ve been seeing Dr Holds for 28 years by far the best doctor I’ve come across and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for eye surgery or plastic surgery.” -Rod C.

The Fat Transfer Procedure

Fat transfer is often performed under a local anesthetic. If patients prefer Dr. Holds can use intravenous sedative or general anesthetic. To start, Dr. Holds will numb the area where the fat will be removed from. Then, he will use a small cannula to remove some of the fat from the donor site. Next, he will prepare the fat by straining out non-cellular fluids. Finally, Dr. Holds will inject the prepared fat into the predetermined areas of the face.

During this process, the facial areas will be slightly over-filled. This is done because your body will eventually absorb some of the fat following the procedure. The good news is that you can go home the same day as surgery. Our office requires that patients arrange to have someone pick them up because they may be swollen and drowsy from the sedative.

Before & After Fat Transfer


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Fat Transfer Recovery

Plan to rest at home the first 24-48 hours after your procedure. Patients will be extremely swollen for the first two to four days, and they must refrain from strenuous exercise for at least a couple of days. Discomfort, inflammation, and bruising vary from patient-to-patient, but Dr. Holds will write a prescription for pain medication that you can fill if needed.

What are the Results of a Fat Transfer?

Results from a fat transfer vary and some patients may require an additional treatment to get their desired results. However, our patients have seen great success with this treatment and have seen a long-term improvement in their facial volume.

Risks of Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is generally a safe procedure, but as with any procedure, can come with some risks including:

    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Scarring
    • Nerve Damage
    • Under or over correction

Schedule a Consultation

Call our office today at 314-567-3567 to schedule a consultation and find out if fat transfer with Dr. Holds and Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. is the best procedure for you to feel and look more beautiful.
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