The fat transfer procedure, which may also be referred to as fat grafting, autologous fat transplantation, lipo-filling, or simply fat injections, essentially transfers fat harvested from one area of the body to another area.
As we age, it appears that the fat in our faces has fallen due to the effects of gravity, leaving areas such as the cheeks looking sunken and hollow. Research in this area shows that this is not the case, but rather a combination of bone loss in the face, change in skin quality, and fat accumulation in other areas of the face, makes it appear that we lose fat in the face as we age. Some patients, with certain medical conditions, can lose fat in their face, but this is not generalized to everyone.
The aesthetic goal of a fat transfer procedure is to restore youthful volume and fullness to areas of the face, such as the cheeks, where sagging skin has developed as a result of global aging of the face. However, this is a procedure that is carefully recommended by Dr. Troiano as it is not right for everyone.
If you’re ready to rejuvenate your face by means of a safe procedure that uses fat from your own body to add youthful contour and volume, a fat transfer procedure may be right for you.
When performed by a plastic surgeon with experience and training, a fat transfer procedure should be minimally painful and invasive. Anesthesia and numbing agents will be used during the procedure. You may feel some discomfort or pain after the treatment, but this can be managed by following the instructions of your surgeon.
The fat transfer procedure is a relatively simple and safe procedure that takes about an hour to perform and produces natural-looking results because it uses fat extracted from your own body to add volume and fullness to enhance contour and firmness in your face.
The procedure is a two-part process. The first part of the process involves extracting fat from certain areas of the body, such as the thighs or abdomen, where you may have abundant fatty deposits.
The fat extraction is accomplished through the use of liposuction, a procedure that effectively extracts fat cells from your own body using a small cannula, or tiny tube, to gently suction out the fat. Once the fat has been extracted, it is prepared so that it may be injected directly into the areas where you need a little extra padding for some lift.
When performed by a skilled surgeon with extensive training in facial procedures, the fat transfer procedure can accomplish dramatic rejuvenation. Fat injections may be used to enhance the contour of the mid-face region, adding fullness to the cheekbone area, which naturally helps to smooth out nasolabial folds, sometimes known as parentheses lines.
They can also be placed in the temples and along other hollows of the face that are contributing to a more mature appearance. By improving the volume and contour of the face, the procedure also achieves a certain degree of skin tightening and diminishes the aged appearance of loose skin.
The cost of a fat transfer procedure will vary. The area being treated, the extent of correction or enhancement desired, and the treatment and tools Dr. Troiano uses will all factor into the final cost of your fat transfer.
A skilled facial surgeon such as Dr. Troiano will be able to determine exactly where to deliver each injection in order to obtain the most favorable and natural-looking results while adding much-needed structural support to fill in sunken tissue and create a plumper, firmer skin texture in the face.
Dr. Troiano will inject minute amounts of fat into the treatment area to ensure that the injected fat is evenly distributed across the area, and surrounded by robust, healthy tissue that can supply it with necessary nutrients to survive.
A fat transfer procedure offers many benefits and can be customized to suit each patient’s needs individually. Fat transfers can help to balance your facial harmony, enhance a feature on your body, reduce signs of aging, and make skin look fuller and rejuvenated.
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