Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that involves providing volume in facial rejuvenation, to replace the loss of soft tissue due to ageing. This procedure results in a more youthful shape to the face, and is often performed in conjunction with face lifting, to enhance the overall appearance and shape of the face.
As the face ages, the skin becomes loose and gives rise to jowls and folds in the neck. There is also a loss of soft tissue volume, particularly in the cheek area, making the face look gaunt with a sunken appearance.
The purpose of fat transfer is to take fat from one area of the body and transfer it to the face, to reverse the facial changes done by ageing.
With fat transfer surgery, fat is transferred from areas in which you have excess fat, such as the buttocks or outer thighs, and injected into areas that may lack volume, such as your face, hands, or breast. This safe and long-lasting procedure produces natural-looking results, but is not suitable for everyone. You may only consider fat transfer if you:
Have facial areas that appear creased and sunken
Desire a more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers
Wish to improve your body contour, revise scars, fill bodily depressions and rejuvenate your hands and face
Are undergoing breast reconstruction, to fill in contour irregularities or hide visible signs of breast implants
Because the fat used in a fat transfer comes directly from your own body, it reduces the chances of an allergic reaction to foreign substances. This non-invasive procedure can be used for facial rejuvenation, and presents natural, sustainable and safe results.
A disadvantage of fat transfer is that it is time-consuming. It takes longer to prepare the fat tissue before transferring it, compared to pre-packaged dermal fillers.
It is important to avoid consuming any tablets containing Aspirin (such as Dispirin) for two weeks before and after the surgery, as Aspirin thins the blood and has an adverse effect on bruising. If you are a smoker, it is imperative that you stop smoking for four weeks before surgery and two weeks after, to avoid restricting the circulation of the skin. This applies to all nicotine products, including inhalers, patches and nicotine chewing gum.
Also, ensure that you arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself.
Am I a candidate for a fat transfer?
Not everyone can have a fat transfer. Suitability is determined by a thorough analysis of your medical history, as well as a thorough clinical consultation. You will need to be in good health before a fat transfer is considered. If you are a suitable candidate, Dr Maresky will educate you about the particular type of techniques that best addresses your concerns.
Is the procedure painful?
Minimal discomfort can be associated with this procedure. Oral pain medication can easily control the mild discomfort that some patients feel in the first 24 hours.
How long does it take to recover from the procedure?
Most patients resume normal activity in 2-3 days. Depending on the areas done most patients go back to work in 3-4 days.