Fat Transfer is the process of taking unwanted fat from an area (or areas) of your body and re-injecting that fat into another area of your body. Also known as Fat Injection, Autologous Fat Transfer, and Fat Grafting, this process is useful if you desire added fullness to areas such as buttocks, hips, and certain areas of the face, including the lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, and the lower eye area. The procedure can also provide smoothing out of wrinkles in the skin of aging hands. To learn more about Fat Transfer in Northern Virginia and Alexandria, meet with a skilled body contouring surgeon like Dr. Desman.
What Does Fat Transfer Involve?
Transferring fat through surgery involves a few key steps, such as:
However, not all fat grafting procedures are created equally! Desirable and long-term results depend not only on a qualified physician in Alexandria and Northern Virginia who is experienced in this procedure, but also on an integral part of the process that involves separating processing and separating the fat. Dr. Eric Desman uses the revolutionary fat grafting system, PUREGRAFT, for optimal results.
(The following information has been provided by PUREGRAFT)
The fat grafting procedure has been around for decades, though always with history of mixed results. The amount of fat that would remain after the procedure would vary drastically, making fat grafting an unpopular choice.
Today, however, an improved technology called Puregraft exists which makes the fat grafting procedure and results more predictable than ever. The Puregraft System gently and efficiently cleans the fat tissue, removing the majority of blood and oil that are released from the liposuction. These components are known to affect how long the fat stays around, in other words, how permanent the result is. Reduction of oil and blood also minimizes inflammation, which leads to faster recovery times for the patient. Puregraft’s closed-system design is clean and sterile, eliminating the risk of contamination during the purification process.
The presence of blood within a fat graft can cause inflammation, tissue damage, and reduced graft retention. Removal of these contaminants is critical for an optimal outcome. Puregraft removes more than 97% of blood within the graft. Standard techniques contain more than 10x as many contaminants.
Speak With Dr. Desman about Fat Transfer in Northern Virginia
If you are considering Fat Transfer in Northern Virginia and Alexandria, Dr. Desman will meet with you individually to discuss your specific goals for the procedure and what concerns you’re hoping to address. At this meeting, he will evaluate your skin quality and ask you questions about your health history to determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. To schedule your complimentary consultation, reach out to us online.
Frequently Asked Questions
What concerns does a facial fat transfer address?
You may be a good candidate for fat transfer to the face if you are concerned about:
Fine lines and Wrinkles
Under eye bags or Dark circles
Worry and/or frown lines
Hollow or Sunken cheeks
Thin or Aging lips
Facial fat transfer can help correct noticeable issues and give your face an overall more youthful look.
What concerns does body fat transfer address?
added volume to buttocks
added volume and contouring to hips
smooth lines and wrinkles on hands
added breast fullness
Post-Op Recovery After a Fat Transfer:
Some discomfort and swelling
possible bruising at area of liposuction and area of fat injection
possible surgical compression garment depending on the area of liposuction
surgical tape or light surgical headwrap on facial areas for 5 days
fat transfer to the buttocks requires avoiding stressing the area for several weeks. This means that you will likely be required to avoid sitting for long periods of time and may include the use of a donut like cushion for sitting.
sleep on back with head elevated for the first week (for facial fat injections)
returning to work after about 1 week
returning to light exercise after about 2 weeks
frequent follow up office visits during the first 2 months
What are the risk and possible complications with fat transfers?
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are risks and complications associated with fat transfers. Possible concerns include:
irregular contours or uneven results from liposuction
less than expected results
Does Fat Grafting Hurt?
Dr. Desman will take every precaution to make sure you are comfortable during a facial fat or body fat transfer. We use a local anesthetic to numb both the donor and recipient areas.
Will I need to take time for recovery afterward?
Postoperative discomfort will last for two to three days until most of your swelling goes down. The rest of the swelling may take a week to resolve. Dr. Desman can supply you with pain medication as needed. You can immediately resume light activity after your fat transfer, but we recommend waiting at least a week until starting more strenuous activities.
Do all the transplanted fat cells survive?
Because the fat loses its blood supply when we take it out of your body, not all the cells will survive the transfer procedure. When re-injecting the fat into the recipient area, Dr. Desman is careful to make sure it develops a new blood supply, but there is always some amount of loss. In anticipation of this loss, Dr. Desman adds extra fat cells. However, you may need a refresher session after your first fat grafting procedure.
How long will my results last?
In the best-case scenario, fat transfers are long-lasting when performed by a qualified surgeon.
Will I have scars after a fat transfer?
The injections will not leave scars, but there can be a small, discreet scar at the liposuction site. Since the incisions required for liposuction are tiny, they heal nearly invisibly.
What’s the ideal age to get a facial fat transfer?
Dr. Desman has created beautiful results in all ages. The procedure can make people in their 30s and 40s look younger and more refreshed. For people in their 50s and 60s, Dr. Desman may recommend combining facial fat grafting with a surgical procedure such as a facelift to combat more advanced aging.
What if I have a complication?
While complications for Fat Transfer are rare, Dr. Desman will be there to take care of you. In addition, when you have surgery, you will automatically be enrolled in a cosmetic surgery specific insurance plan that covers you for the first 45 days after surgery. Your safety and well being are a top priority for us and this is another way that we ensure you have the best care possible.
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