With fat grafting, it is possible to transfer fat from a part of the body with ample fat resources 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 of the tissue
Any of these concerns may see improvements in the contour and texture of the skin after the fat grafting procedure.
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 Should I 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.
Related Procedures and Fat Grafting Alternatives
Contour deficiencies are also treatable with dermal filler injectables such as Juvederm 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.
We look forward to setting up a consultation for you with Dr. Collins so that you can find out more about how fat grafting works, as well as alternative procedures that will help you to achieve your goals. Our office is situated in Guilford, CT. Dr. Collins serves patients throughout Connecticut, including Madison and East Haven. Call our office or use our online contact form to send us an email.