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Also known as an Autoplogous Fat Transfer
What is Fat Grafting?
Wrinkles are a result of the body’s natural aging process though can also appear when fat has been lost due to trauma, illness, or defect. Without a protective layer of fat underneath, skin appears saggy and lifeless. By strategically placing a little bit of the patient’s own body fat just beneath the affected skin the wrinkles can be reversed, through cosmetic surgery procedures.
The patient’s own body fat is used in fat grafting procedures in a technique called autologous fat transfer. This technique helps cut down on the chance of rejection since the body will recognize its own tissue. This technique also minimizes the chance of allergic reaction that a patient might experience as a result of using artificial injected materials.
What to expect during the Fat Grafting procedure?
The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and there are no artificial injection fillers used. The chance of rejection is low because fat from the patient’s own body is used and the patient can enjoy permanent results.
This treatment begins with a liposuction procedure performed in a fat-rich area of the body, such as the belly, buttocks, or thighs; once removed, the fat is sterilized. A small needle is used to inject the sterilized fat into the area receiving treatment. The fat is placed into the muscle tissue beneath the skin in order to achieve optimal results; the injected fat receives nourishment from the blood-rich muscles and begins to resolve the wrinkles.
Facial Fat Grafting
This procedure specifically targets wrinkled skin on the face. It can be performed under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia if it is part of a more extensive series of treatments. Facial fat grafts often targets the lips, cheeks, or around the eyes. This procedure can also help correct scaring from acne.
What to expect during the recovery for the Fat Grafting procedure?
Patients report a low instance of significant pain after receiving fat grafting. Bruising, tenderness, and swelling at the injection and donor sites are normal and will subside. Swelling will fully resolve within 3 – 4 months, after which the results of the procedure will be evident. While some degree of fat re-absorption may occur, fat transfer procedures are a trusted permanent solution to many cosmetic concerns.
Examples of Fat Grafting Results:
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To find out more about available treatments and procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Moulton-Barrett at one of his Bay Area offices. Board certified plastic surgeon Rex Moulton-Barrett, M.D., offers advanced care and procedures for Bay Area residents. He has offices in Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda and Brentwood, CA.