Here’s the skinny on fat transfer: it’s a popular procedure that takes excess fat tissue from one part of the body (think your hips, thighs or abdomen) and repurposes it in another area of the body in need of a little extra volume.
Fat transfer can actually be traced back to the late 1800s, when aesthetic surgeons found the treatment to be an effective way to re-contour parts of the body by moving around and re-inserting the patient’s fatty tissue into places that can most profit from a fuller, shapelier appearance.
Today, cosmetic surgeons are finding new uses for this ancient procedure that are fast becoming popular alternatives to synthetic fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse or even Sculptra.
While fat transfer has become increasingly popular for buttock augmentation and breast enhancement in recent years, the face has long been one of the most popular areas for treatment. Here, fat transfer can help to rejuvenate and sculpt the face for a more youthful, pleasing appearance. Common areas treated include the lower eyelids, temples, cheeks, nasolabial folds and jawline. It can help to reverse that sunken, tired look that often occurs with age due to volume loss.
Probably not much to your surprise, thighs, stomachs and buttocks are ideal spots for harvesting excess fat. In fact, most people want or could stand to lose an inch or two from these areas. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can remove the extra fat, process it and then inject it into areas in need of a little extra volume.
Keep in mind that your specialist may inject more fatty tissue than might appear necessary. That’s because your body will naturally absorb some of the fat soon after the procedure. This can result in a temporarily puffy appearance but, once this resolves, your look should be exactly what you want.
Certainly, there is a time and place for just about everyone to transfer fat from one part of the body to another. Think of laugh lines, forehead creases and sunken cheeks – all areas where a little extra volume can go a long way to reshape and rejuvenate your appearance.
The Benefits of Using Your Own Fat
Another good thing about fat transfer is that it involves you – your cells – making redistribution biocompatible and more natural than a synthetic implant while also reducing or eliminating the possibility of allergic reactions or rejection to the procedure. Some patients will experience bleeding or swelling, but these side effects are minimal and can be controlled easily.
While facial fat transfer has been around for a very long time, recent advances and new techniques have dramatically improved the results, allowing for a smoother, very natural look and longer lasting improvement. Fat transfer allows you to make the most of your body for a natural, youthful beauty.
Trusted and innovative, Dr. Edward Buckingham was recently re-elected as a delegate to the Texas Medical Association, the largest state medical society in the country, as well as one of the oldest and most powerful nationwide. To contact the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, and to learn more about fat transfer, call (512) 401-2500 or visit them online at https://www.buckinghamfacialplastics.com.