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 then 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.
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 J Turner, it is a very safe and effective option.
Unlike dermal fillers, facial fat grafting involves taking small amounts of fat from the abdomen or thighs and then injecting them into the desired facial areas. This technique is particularly useful for volumising 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.
A 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.
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 buttocks 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.
Recovery is usually quick, with swelling or bruising diminishing within a day or two. 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 your own, there is minimal risk of side effects or complications, making it a safe and effective option for facial rejuvenation.
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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