Fat Grafting

With fat grafting, (also called fat transfer) here in Guilford, it is possible to transfer fat from a part of the body with ample fat to another part of the body, often the face, to correct a contour depression. There are many possible applications for this treatment, but the most common is facial fat grafting.

Who Should Get Fat Grafting?

The need for fat grafting is indicated by certain characteristics in the face. If you exhibit conditions such as the following, you may be a candidate:

  • Depressed scars
  • Thin lips
  • Laugh lines
  • Facial creases
  • Hollow areas

Any of these concerns may see improvements in the contour and texture of the skin after the fat grafting procedure.

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What Does Fat Grafting Do?

The procedure can be performed in an office or outpatient plastic surgery center. Local anesthesia is used to numb both sites for liposuction and injection. The fat to be transferred can be harvested from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or arms. Using a low-pressure syringe or liposuction cannula, a small amount of fat is removed. Before the injection, the fat is purified and prepared. The fat is then injected into the facial tissues where wrinkle correction or augmentation is desired.

After Fat Grafting: What to Expect

You should expect some swelling, bruising and redness in both the donor and recipient sites in the first few days of recovery. Dr. Collins will provide instructions about how to care for the bandages that are applied to the injection site. The duration of results with fat grafting varies, and Dr. Collins can discuss the expected outcome with you during your visit.

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Related Procedures & Fat Grafting Alternatives

Contour deficiencies are also treatable with dermal filler injectables such as JUVÉDERM® and RADIESSE®. In recent years, these products have become a more popular choice for wrinkle correction and facial contouring by plastic surgeons. However, fat grafting remains a viable and versatile technique for many treatments.

If you’re interested in learning more about fat grafting, contact our office online or call us at (203) 689-5295 to set up your appointment.

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