Everything You Need To Know About Fat Transfer

Fat grafting involves surgically removing fat from one area of the body (with microliposuction) and transplanting it to another. Even though some of the fat will be absorbed, the majority of it lasts indefinitely. Where fillers are typically predictable in what one could expect, fat is less predictable and may not “take” as much as one wishes. Most doctors inject fat with a microdroplet technique, placing fat into the deep and superficial compartments of the cheeks.

• Fat grafting is good for those who want long-lasting results and are willing to endure a downtime period.
• It's best used under the eyes, smile lines around the mouth, creases between the brows, the lips, cheeks, temples, jawline and above the brows.
• Since your own fat is used, there is no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
• Fat has the potential to be permanent and is scientifically proven to have long-lasting effects in the face as opposed to other parts of the body since small amounts of fat are used. You may require a secondary procedure if the final results garnered the first time around are not what you expected.
• You may be bruised and swollen for a few weeks, and if you get large volumes of fat injections, you may stay swollen for months. Most patients have small amounts of volume injected and usually look good in one to two weeks.

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    Scott, I have worked in a medical setting where a lot of Fat Transfers are performed. It's best to go for a consultation with a board certified medical professional in your area. It has been my experience that patients that are looking for correction in a small area like lips for example should stick to the fillers. Fat transfer means anesthesia and surgical procedure is involved adding to the cost of the procedure and also downtime is involved. Since we dont know your particular circunstances, Fat transfer can be permanent depending on area injected and patient's metabolism. No ethical medical professional can guarantee you that your results will be permanent. Claudio R Pinto Master Medical Aesthetician New York, NY

  • Scott
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    A recent New Beauty article suggested opting for fillers as opposed to permanent implants that will not age along with your face. Is there any risk of this happening with fat injections below the eyes/upper cheekbone area? I had two fat injections in my lips, spaced a few months apart, a little over a year ago. I was surprised that all of it dissipated within a year! I was told this might be possible because the lips move quite a bit and, following that rational, fat might stay longer in the cheeks? I recently got Juvaderm in my cheeks for the first time and absolutely love the results so would be thrilled for a more permanent solution. However, I do not like liposuction and only did it for the perceived benefit of permanently full lips; I would hate to have the same results if I tried it in my cheeks. Whenever I get an injection like Juvaderm in my lip (only lower), it is usually absorbed in about four months. Do some people have less success with injections?

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