Fat transfer uses fat cells derived from a patient's body to plump up areas where volume has been lost and fill in lines and wrinkles throughout the face and in other areas of the body, including the buttocks and the breasts. Because it uses tissue from the patient's body, fat transfer is not associated with risks of rejection or other side effects that can occur with synthetic filler materials. Fat is absorbed by the body over time without any ill effects, making it a preferred option for some patients who cannot or do not wish to receive synthetic filler products.
Fat transfer can be performed on multiple areas of the face, including the cheeks, nasolabial folds (the lines that extend from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and the area under the eyes. Fat transfer helps restore volume and plumpness in areas that have begun to appear sunken or “hollowed out,” as well as helping to define areas like the cheeks. Fat transfer in the cheeks can also help wrinkling and skin laxity by gently lifting skin in the areas around and below the cheeks.
Yes, fat transfer can also be used in breast augmentation and in butt lift surgeries to provide a natural alternative to saline and silicone implants and other synthetic products.
During the transfer procedure, fat is extracted from another area of the body, very often the belly region or the thigh area, then processed and reinjected into the treatment site.
The body will reabsorb some amount of fat over time, but much of the fat that is injected will remain at the treatment zone where it will be incorporated into the natural structure of the skin. Some studies have shown fat transfers can persist for a year or more. Touch-up procedures can be used to help maintain the results.
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