by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Fat transfer plumps up facial features with a patient's own fat and is a very popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat transfer to the face is a safe and natural procedure designed to recontour your face and provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities and aging hands. Since the fat transfer is from your own body, there is no risk for allergic reaction.
Fat Transfer for Facial Contouring
Stubborn fat tends to accumulate and appear on the abdomen, hips, back, and thighs, which areas are hard to target with diet and exercise. In an ideal world, fat would remain in the areas we need it most to maintain a youthful appearance, and disappear from the areas where we need it least. As the natural aging process takes its course, our skin shows signs of aging internally and externally. Amongst wrinkles, laugh lines, frown lines, sagging skin, and our skin’s decreased ability to produce collagen, elastin and retain moisture, fat cells begin to disappear. As fat cells disappear,there is a loss of volume throughout our face. Fat layers in the cheeks begin to shrink which can create a gaunt or deflated look, cause bags under the eyes to stick out more, and skin to further sag. Fortunately, with a fat transfer, we can now remove obstinate fat that the body has accumulated throughout the “trouble areas,” and use it to enhance the areas of the body where fat may have been lost due to aging. Fat transfer turns dreams into reality. We all have areas where we have some fat bulges, from hips to the abdomen. At the same time, we may be worried about our thinning lips, hollow cheeks or deflated breasts. One procedure conquers it all. Fat transfer can sculpt your body and use that very same fat to restore lost volume or enhance your lips, cheeks, and breasts.
Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure which can restore volume and fullness that has diminished with age. The patient’s own fat is utilized to plump up facial features, and is a very popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. It can cosmetically enhance your face and lips. Fat transfer to the face is a safe and natural procedure designed to contour your face and provide definition to your cheeks and chin. Fat transfer is an ideal solution for evening out asymmetrical areas of the face, correcting facial deformities and adding volume to your lips. In addition to rejuvenating the face, fat transfer can be used for breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, butt implants, and to rejuvenate aging hands. The goal of fat transfer is for your skin to appear more youthful and smooth.
Are you a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?
Fat Transfer may achieve your goals if:
You are generally in good health
Your weight is stable and you follow a healthy lifestyle
You have suitable donor regions or have areas with excess body fat such as hips, abdomen, or flanks
You have areas to which you’d like to add or restore volume such as lips, cheeks, or breasts
You would like to rejuvenate your overall appearance
You have realistic goals and expectations for the procedure
What Should I Expect During My Consultation for Fat Transfer?
During your consultation, Dr. Kassir will ask why you want a fat transfer. He will evaluate to see if you are a good candidate for fat transfer, taking into consideration your physical and mental state. Dr. Kasssir will thoroughly explain the procedure to you and answer any questions that you may have. You will feel comfortable and confident with your decision.
How is Fat Transfer performed?
Dr. Kassir will harvest the fat using minimally invasive and gentle liposuction techniques to perform fat transfer. Fat can be harvested from areas where excess body fat is carried, such as: abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and back. The fat is then processed and precisely injected into the area proposed for treatment, where volume is to be restored or enhanced. Stem Cells and PRP can help enhance fat transfer.
Does PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Enhance the Results of a Fat Transfer?
Platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy are the latest innovation in many areas of medicine, including cosmetic surgery. Platelet Rich Plasma, commonly known as PRP is used in fat transfer procedures. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy uses therapy uses the patient’s own blood which is centrifuged to separate out this special components, and when activated, these platelets release proteins that are beneficial for overall skin rejuvenation. They help increase collagen production, connective tissue formation and skin tightening. The goal of fat transfer is to provide patients with long-lasting results, which happens when the fat cells in the recipient area develop connections to a nearby blood supply. This means that fat can best survive at the interface of fat and blood supply.This process is called angiogenesis, or neovascularization. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy uses therapy uses the patient’s own blood which is centrifuged to separate out this special components, and when activated, these platelets release proteins that are beneficial for overall skin rejuvenation. Adding PRP improves the retention and survival of fat in a fat transplant procedure, and since PRP is rich in proteins, it enhances healing.SAA
Can Stem Cells be Used to Enhance Fat Transfer?
Stem Cells have gained a lot of attention from the media for their purpose in the medical field. Stem cells have the potential to treat illnesses and enhance cosmetic surgery procedures, like fat transfers. When reintegrated with harvested fat, stem cells have the ability to repair damaged tissue, promote damaged cells to repair themselves and generate new cells. When used with a fat transfer, stem cells help
Improve overall skin tightening and rejuvenation
Aid healing by releasing anti-inflammatory agents
They help grow new blood vessels to nourish the fat
Where and How can Fat Transfer be Performed?
Fat transfer may be performed under local anesthesia, in the office based facility or at a hospital or surgicenter. Depending on the number of areas treated, the procedure may take approximately an hour.
What is Recovery From Fat Transfer Like?
Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure and requires an experienced, highly trained, and superbly skilled plastic surgeon with a keen eye for aesthetics and precision. The surgeon’s techniques play a major role in the outcome of the results of a fat transfer, this is why it’s important to select your surgeon based on credentials, experience and success rates.
With Dr. Kassir, healing time from a fat transfer is minimal and patients may resume their standard activities in a short period of time. Some patients may experience swelling, bruising, soreness, and some redness at the sight of injection after a fat transfer. Results of a fat transfer and fully visible once any and all swelling, bruising, soreness and redness have subsided.
What are the Risks or Disadvantages Associated With Fat Transfer?
Although risks of a fat transfer are rare, postoperative complications cannot be ruled out. As with any surgery, risks of fat transfer include infection, reaction to anesthesia, and poor healing. If a target area is larger, repeated injections may be necessary to achieve desired results.
What are the Benefits of a Fat Transfer?
One procedure can deliver double benefits.Fat will be eliminated from your trouble areas and replaced to areas where you need to enhance volume or replenish lost fat due to aging.
Fat transfer delivers subtle and natural looking results. Since the fat transfer is from your own body, there is no risk for allergic reaction. Unlike dermal fillers which provide results for approximately six months and require upkeeping, fat transfer can deliver permanent results. Dr. Kassir implements the latest cutting edge options used around the world to provide you with natural and long-lasting fat transfer results.
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