What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing fat from one part of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and injecting it into another area to enhance its volume and contour.

The fat is typically harvested through liposuction, purified, and then injected into areas such as the face and breasts to add volume and improve overall appearance. Fat grafting is often preferred over synthetic fillers since it uses the patient’s own tissue, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or rejection. It can also provide longer-lasting results compared to other injectables.

Facial Fat grafting with Dr Scott Turner

Facial fat grafting is a popular procedure that is gaining more attention as a restoration solution for the face. When performed by a specialist plastic surgeon like Dr Scott Turner, it is a very safe and effective rejuvenation option.

Unlike dermal fillers, facial fat grafting involves taking small amounts of fat from the abdomen or thighs and injecting this into the desired facial areas. This technique is particularly useful for volumizing and shaping around the eyes, jawline, and cheeks. Overall, facial fat grafting is a promising approach to restoring a youthful appearance to the face with lasting results.

Blepharoplasty with Dr Turner

Fat Grafting VS Dermal Fillers.

Facial fat transfer is considered a safe alternative to dermal fillers as it uses your own body fat, eliminating any potential risks associated with introducing foreign materials into your body. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who are sensitive or allergic to dermal filler products.

Moreover, fat grafting provides longer-lasting results compared to dermal fillers. The volume enhancement can last for several years, and in some cases even longer, before fat gradually diminishes and a follow-up treatment is required.

Dermal filler is, however, often a lot more convenient for patients as it doesn’t require hospital admission and can be easily completed in one session with one of our highly trained nurses, as well as requiring less down-time. At Face Plus, we offer premium dermal fillers which can last up to 18 months.

Dr Turner’s Facial Fat Grafting Procedure, how is it Performed?

Facial fat transfer involves a three-step process. Firstly, using liposuction with a narrow cannula, a small amount of excess fat is removed from areas such as the abdomen or thighs. Low suction is used to harvest mainly undamaged fat cells. Secondly, fat cells are isolated from the surrounding liquid, and any damaged cells are removed, leaving only clean and healthy fat cells to be used in the transfer. Finally, Dr Turner will inject the fat cells into the designated facial areas at an appropriate depth for your concerns.

Usually, facial fat transfer is an outpatient procedure, meaning you do not need an overnight stay in a hospital, and you should be able to return home on the same day, this of course is dependent on the extent of your procedure.

Fat Transfer During Surgery

Recovery and Risks of Facial Fat Transfer

Recovery is usually quick, with swelling or bruising diminishing within the first week or so. Dr Turner will prescribe medication to help with any pain. The results of the procedure will become apparent as soon as the swelling diminishes. As the transferred fat cells are absorbed, there are minimal risks or complications, making it a safe and effective option for facial rejuvenation. Dr Turner will also discuss your individual options such as Fat Grafting VS Dermal Fillers, if he believes this is appropriate.

During your consultation with Dr. Turner, he will provide a comprehensive discussion on the risks associated with plastic surgery and potential complications. This crucial step is part of the informed consent process, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of the procedure. Dr. Turner will prioritise your safety and well-being, explaining the meticulous measures he will take to minimise and manage any risks involved. While every effort will be made to mitigate complications, it’s important to acknowledge that, as with any surgical procedure, there is a possibility of unforeseen occurrences.

Rest assured, Dr. Turner’s expertise and dedication will guide you through the process. Prioritising your health and striving for the best possible outcome.