As people age, the amount of fat that contributes to facial volume decreases. As a result, you can have deep facial folds, sunken cheeks, and an aged or tired appearance. Fat grafting is a term used to describe a procedure where your fat is taken from one part of your body and injected into another. With fat grafting, Dr. Hadeed can restore volume to areas of the face that have begun to deteriorate, resulting in a rejuvenated face that appears full and youthful. Fat transfers can also be used to fill areas that have become depressed in other regions of the body.
Fat grafting can restore volume loss in areas across the face and body. The first place volume loss is usually noticed is in the face. Fat grafting procedures can restore a youthful appearance around the eyes, cheeks, forehead, and other areas where volume loss or wrinkles have developed.
Fat transfer to the breasts is commonly performed alongside breast reconstruction to restore the breast appearance after lumpectomy or to help correct radiation therapy-related breast deformities.
While not as popular as implant-based breast augmentation, a fat transfer may restore some fullness to the breasts.
Fat grafting is an integral part of the butt augmentation procedures that have become popular in the last decade. This type of augmentation increases the size of the buttocks in a manner that carries minimal risk of rejection. This technique is known as a Brazilian Butt Lift and offers natural-looking fullness.
Dr. Hadeed will start the procedure by carefully removing fat from an area of the body (usually the abdomen, flanks, or thighs) via liposuction.
The harvested fat will be spun through a centrifuge to separate the damaged fat cells and extra fluid from the intact fat cells, which will be used for reinjection. Dr. Hadeed will sometimes add platelet-rich-plasma, obtained from your blood, to the fat cells during this step to obtain the benefits of growth factors found in plasma.
The patient’s purified fat is slowly and carefully reinjected back into their body to ensure smooth and consistent results. Because the fat is taken directly from the patient, there is no risk of rejection, making it safer than many other cosmetic surgeries.
Fat grafting is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. You may experience moderate bruising and swelling after surgery, which may last for several days. Mild to moderate pain may occur around your incision and injection sites. Dr. Hadeed may provide you with prescription medications as needed to treat these symptoms.
Scarring from a fat transfer is usually minimal. The liposuction treatment may result in small scars several millimeters long, placed in areas that are easily concealable under clothing. Minimal scarring occurs at the injection sites.
The cost of a fat transfer varies based on the areas treated, the extent of volume loss in those areas, and the liposuction procedure’s complexity. There are also fees associated with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and facility that can vary depending on its length and complexity. For this reason, Dr. Hadeed will provide you with a personalized fat grafting price after your consultation.
For most patients, results are noticeable within a week of the procedure. Final results may take between one and six months to fully develop depending on the area(s) treated.
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Any patient concerned with volume loss or unfavorable contouring on their face, buttocks, or breasts may be interested in a fat graft procedure. Candidates are required to have some undesired excess fat deposits in areas such as their abdomen, thighs, or flanks.
During your consultation, Dr. Hadeed will address any concerns you have and explain the procedure in detail. Fat grafting can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial or body contouring procedures, such as facelift surgery or body lift surgery. Dr. Hadeed will work with you to formulate a surgical plan that best addresses your individual needs.
A fat grafting procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the size of the areas to be treated. As such, patients should experience minimal to no pain during the operation. Following the operation, mild to moderate pain and swelling may occur that can be treated with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
There are several areas of the body in which fat grafting can restore volume, including:
While Dr. Hadeed does everything possible to minimize complications, all surgical procedures come with associated risks. A fat graft may carry the risk of:
Initial results should be visible within a week or two. Final results may not be visible for one to six months, depending on the volume of the area treated. All fat grafts will take time to stabilize as some degree of fat will be absorbed by the patient during recovery. For this reason, Dr. Hadeed suggests waiting at least six months following your fat graft before considering follow-up procedures.
The results of a fat graft are effectively permanent in that the new fat cells will shrink and grow naturally in their new location, and the areas the fat was removed from will have fewer cells permanently. However, excessive weight gain can reduce the effects of the beneficial results of a fat graft. For this reason, Dr. Hadeed recommends that prospective patients be at a stable weight before undergoing a fat graft.
Before and After Photos - individual results may vary – Some images may be models