During the aging process, we lose fullness to our face, resulting in a sunken look. Today, the new thinking in plastic surgery is to replace volume in the face, rather than pull it tighter. Oftentimes, the best option to replace volume is a fat transfer procedure. Fat is harvested through a small incision from either the neck or the abdomen; the fat is then cleansed and concentrated, after which it is injected into the desired area. In those seeking a natural alternative to collagen for plumping facial wrinkles, this is an option. There is minimal swelling and rarely any bruising. Most patients return back to work or play shortly following the procedure.
Good candidates for fat transfer include men and women who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and are interested in improving the contour of the face by diminishing lines and/or adding fullness. Most fat transfer procedures are performed in a surgeon’s office-based facility and typically involve local anesthesia on the donor recipient sites, and some patients may also be given sedation. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete. Fat transfer procedures typically involve very little downtime though some redness, swelling and bruising may occur. Most patients are able to return to work right away, but sun exposure should be limited until the redness and bruising have cleared up.
Fat Transfer Recovery Care
We are continuously dedicated to giving your patients the attention they deserve during their period of recovery. Our fat transfer patients will receive a fat transfer recovery care package as part of their experience with SDMD. It is important that we make your fat transfer recovery time as comfortable as possible. For more information about fat transfer recovery, head over to our recovery care page.
Contact Steven H. Dayan, M.D. about fat transfer surgery.