Fat transfer

In this day and age, there are hundreds of different procedures to lift, shape, and sculpt the face and other various parts of the body. It’s quite amazing actually, the amount of “fixing” that can be done for no other reason than aesthetic purposes. People flock to facilities and doctors that execute these types of operations because of the wonders that can be performed. Fat transfer is just another item to check off this long list. In fact, fat transfer is quite a common procedure; it is extremely effective and can last for a very long time. Yes, sometimes the results are even permanent. Learn everything you need to know about the fat transfer procedure right here in this article.

About Fat Transfer
Fat transfer helps to reshape and resculpt the face to its natural age and beauty by restoring the volume. It can target the whole face or multiple areas.

The Ideal Candidate
You may be telling yourself right now that you’re the perfect candidate for a little fat transfer here and there (aren’t we all?), and you might very well be. Part of the natural aging process is a thinning layer of fat on the skin (particularly in the facial area), giving the skin a sagging appearance. Deflation, drawn-in-ness, sagging…do these words sound familiar to you at all? Do they hit a little too close to home? This deflation and sagging gives the skin an older-aged appearance, which no one desires. In fact, the desire is to get rid of it. If you find yourself in this position, but otherwise healthy, then you would be a good candidate for a fat transfer.

The Procedure
An initial consultation will be the first step in getting this procedure done. During this visit, you can ask the surgeon any questions that you may have, and he or she should be able to answer them thoroughly; if not, then you need to find someone that is more qualified. A complete medical history will be taken. You will be informed of the ins and outs of the procedure, your cost, the possible side effects and complications, and anything that you must do before having a fat transfer done.

Preparing for the procedure

During the consultation, you will probably be given an information packet that explains everything you need to know and should do before the fat transfer date. There are certain medications that you should not take before the procedure, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

During the procedure
Fat is harvested from a fattier area of the body—typically the abdomen, hips, or buttocks—through a gentle suctioning technique. Using a special device, the fat is injected into the face in the desired area. The results are long-lasting and many times, permanent. Your own fat is used as an injectable filler, making a soft and natural-feeling choice.

After the procedure
Afterwards, bruising and swelling are quite common, but it should subside within a few days up to a week. No incisions are made in the face, so no drains or dressings are required or needed. There may also be some discomfort. There is a very small risk of infection. Returning to normal activities within a few days is easily achieved.

Risks and Complications
As mentioned above, swelling and bruising are common after a fat transfer. Also, you may be unhappy with the results; for example, there may be too little or too much fat tissue implanted. After the procedure, sometimes the fat can be absorbed back into the skin, making the results not last. A fat embolism, which is highly uncommon, happens when some of the injected fat enters the bloodstream, and can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Since fat transfer is done on a purely cosmetic basis, the procedure is not typically covered by insurance. Insurance companies don’t cover procedures or surgeries simply because you want it; there has to be a sound medical reason for why you need it. Overall, the cost depends on the technique used, where on your body the fat transfer is performed, the facility at which you have the fat transfer, and the surgeon’s prices. The price can range anywhere from $450 to $1,000.

Last updated on Dec 13th, 2010 and filed under Plastic Surgery. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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