Fat transfer is a way to add volume to one area of the face or body while sculpting another. The process actually consists of two steps; removing fat from one area of the body and then replacing those fat cells in another area to restore youthful volume and fullness. For many patients, fat transfer has replaced injectable dermal fillers as the go-to choice in facial enhancement. Dr. Madnani and the staff at Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery has some good reasons why fat transfer might be the right choice for you as well.
Unlike dermal fillers, fat transfer offers two benefits in a single treatment session. First, liposuction is used to remove fat from one area of the body. The procedure focuses on stubborn areas of fat that mar the overall body contour and do not respond to diet and exercise efforts. This minimally-invasive surgical procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and improves the body profile in those common problem areas like the waist, abdomen and thighs.
As one area of the body is carefully sculpted to create a smoother, leaner contour, another area in need of additional fullness can be enhanced. Removed fat cells are purified so that they can be injected in a similar fashion to dermal fillers. Common areas for fat injections include under the eyes, along the cheekbones or jawline or in the temple area. By plumping up these areas, we can effectively restore volume for a more youthful facial profile and appearance overall.
Safe, Natural and Long-Lasting
Using a patient’s own fat to augment areas of the face completely eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction. The results also tend to look and feel more natural than synthetic fillers, since it is the patient’s own cells that are used in the injection process. Fat transfer also lasts much longer than the results of dermal fillers. While more than half of the fat placed into the area will eventually be reabsorbed by the body, the remaining fat will maintain positive results for many years. On the other hand, dermal fillers only tend to last for 6-12 months before a touch-up procedure is required.
Customizable to Each Patient
Fat transfer is a highly customizable procedure that can be tailored to the unique needs of each patient. Liposuction areas can be carefully chosen based on the areas of the body that the patient is most unhappy with. As long as there is sufficient fat for the transfer process, patients can opt to remove isolated deposits from the midsection, hips, thighs, buttocks and back. Even smaller areas like under the chin and behind the knees can be sculpted through different liposuction techniques.
At the same time, injections of fat can also be strategically placed precisely where the patient would like to see improvements. Because there are no incisions involved with the procedure, there is no worry over leaving visible scarring behind. A single liposuction procedure may also yield enough fat cells to cover more than one area of the face, allowing the plastic surgeon to make subtle improvements throughout for an overall improvement in appearance.
Fat transfer is performed right in Dr. Madnani’s office, using local anesthesia for the liposuction procedure. Patients are able to return home the same day as treatment and most are back to all of their regular activities within a few short days. To learn more about how fat transfer can benefit you, contact Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery at 212-203-8591 or 6516-226-1080.