Fat Transfer in Fullerton, CA
If you’re like many people, projecting a youthful appearance becomes harder to accomplish as you get older. Even if you’ve focused on taking care of yourself, the aging process has likely still affected you to some extent. While numerous surgical procedures can diminish aging and restore an attractive look, less-invasive treatments can be just as effective. With the number of people undergoing fat transfers, it’s time you found out what all the excitement is about.
What Is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer is a simple cosmetic procedure that involves harvesting fat cells from one part of the body and then injecting them into the treatment site(s) to achieve a rejuvenated or enhanced appearance. This procedure has the double benefit of achieving more slender body contours and a more youthful facial appearance. It can also be used to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks.
A fat transfer procedure can noticeably improve the following conditions:
- Hollow areas beneath the eyes
- Loss of fullness in the cheeks
- Deep nasolabial folds (creases around the nose and mouth)
- Thinning lips Loss of volume and/or shape in the buttocks
Benefits of Fat Transfer
- No scarring
- Minimal recovery time
- Immediate results
Is Fat Transfer Right for Me?
Fat transfer can be beneficial if you’ve noticed the development of fine lines and wrinkles on your face or lost volume in certain areas of your body. Ideal candidates for the fat transfer procedure are in good overall health and have at least one donor area on the body from where excess fat tissue can be removed.
How Is a Fat Transfer Procedure Performed?
After a personalized consultation in which your preferences and goals are discussed, Dr. Wald will determine which areas of your face and body can benefit from fat transfer. Fat transfers are carried out on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia administered to ease patient discomfort. Once liposuction is utilized to remove excess fat cells from the donor area of the body (e.g., abdomen, lower back, thighs), it is purified and then strategically injected into the areas of the face and body that have lost fullness.
If you’re considering fat transfer to improve the appearance of your face or body, feel free to contact our Fullerton practice today. Simply call (888) 401-2806 or fill out our online contact form to get started. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Wald, and his experienced staff look forward to meeting you soon!
Benefits of Fat Injections
Fat has long been used as a soft tissue filler to add volume to the face and lips. Many patients like the idea of using their own fat, rather than a pharmaceutical filler, to restore volume that has been lost through the aging process or to “plump up” areas that lack dramatic contours. One of the benefits of fat injections is that because fat is removed from your own body, there is no possibility of an allergic reaction. There is also evidence that stem cells are abundantly present in the fat. These stem cells may have a rejuvenated skin ability beyond volume enhancement alone.
Fat can be safely injected into the face by a skilled plastic surgeon. It can also be injected in other areas of the body to fill in dents or depressions. Recent evidence also shows that fat can be injected into the breasts, both for volume and to enhance the healing qualities of radiated or damaged tissue. This appears to be a new and exciting area of fat injections.
Recovery from fat injection is much longer than recovery following injection of most pharmaceutical soft tissue fillers. Following fat injections there will be significant bruising and swelling that may last several days to several weeks. The size and location of treat areas will determine the severity of post-treatment symptoms and the time needed for complete recovery.
Fat Transfer To The Face
After performing facial rejuvenation procedures for over 20 years, I have now found fat injections to be a wonderful adjunct to improve my results. Not only does fat improve volume, but it appears to have a regenerating effect on tissue adjacent to where the fat is injected. Fat contains “adult stem cells” that are believed to elaborate growth factors and other as yet not clearly defined cellular mediators. Numerous anecdotal and a growing number of scientific reports now support this idea. It is my clinical opinion that fat improves skin quality and further enhances my results.
It is important that the patient realizes that more bruising will occur with fat injections versus fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane. This procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia. The length of time that fat lasts is also not exactly known but it can last for years.
Because fat is taken from the abdomen, thighs, flanks, or buttocks, a nice improvement in those areas is also obtained.
For additional information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact our office, 714-738-4282
Dr. Robert Wald