Injectable fillers have been many people’s go-to because they provide beautiful shaping and contouring results with zero downtime and minimal risk. However, the effects they create aren’t permanent, so if you love your look, you’ll need to maintain it with touch-up injections a few times per year.
Many people who desire longer-term changes are starting to explore fat transfer as a replacement for dermal fillers. A skilled surgeon, such as Dr. Eric Desman, can provide outstanding results with this technique. When used strategically, your fat can work wonders in many areas of your body. Read on to learn more about fat transfer in Northern Virginia and how it can benefit you.
What Is Fat Transfer?
At VCPS, we like to think of fat transfer as a win-win procedure. It starts by removing fat from an area of your body where you’d like to lose a little bit, such as the hips, thighs, or abdominal region. After performing liposuction to harvest the “donor” fat cells, Dr. Desman’s team will purify them and re-introduce them into a spot that needs extra volume and lift.
While the fat transfer procedure does involve some downtime for recovery from the liposuction, it can create even more natural-looking results than fillers, with the additional benefit of contouring a part of your body with stubborn, exercise-resistant fat deposits. You’ll love your enhanced appearance!
Where Can Fat Transfer Benefit Me?
Dr. Desman’s team can perform this autologous fat transfer technique on many areas of your face and body where you could use some extra volume, including the following:
Sometimes, the area under our eyes becomes hollow and gaunt-looking as we age, leading to dark undereye circles that create a permanently fatigued or unhealthy appearance. By applying fat grafting to these areas, our team can fill them in and erase the sunken spots with ease.
Implants aren’t always the answer for women who want breast enhancement. Often, your body fat is a better and safer solution for creating larger, perkier breasts. While breast implant materials have received FDA approval as safe medical devices, fat transfer is often considered to be a more reliable method. Additionally, because breast implants aren’t permanent, many women who have augmentation surgery will need a revision ten years or so down the road from their original procedure. Using fat grafts to enhance your breasts eliminates all these risks and will leave you with a bustline you’ll love.
Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines
Some wrinkles add character to our faces, but there are others we’d rather avoid. Many of our patients tell us they don’t like the “parentheses lines” that have formed between the bottom of their nose and the corners of their mouths. Others don’t like the vertical marionette lines that point from the edges of the mouth toward the chin can create a permanent frown, known colloquially as “RBF.” Facial fat grafting can solve these problems for a long-lasting, youthful look.
Often, the backs of our hands begin to take on a bony appearance as we age, due to the volume loss that causes the skin to become thinner. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of prominent bones or veins on the backs of your hands, Dr. Desman’s team can help with autologous fat transfer. Soon, your hands will once again have a smooth, youthful appearance that makes you feel great.
As beauty trends ebb and flow, one that’s once again enjoying its moment in the sun is the curvaceous, hourglass silhouette popularized by Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Cardi B. The butt lift technique is where fat grafting can truly shine. We can remove fat around your midsection and add it to your derriere for a total lower-body transformation. All the oblique crunches and squats you’ve been doing to achieve that look can only go so far to create the dramatic, feminine curves you want. An autologous fat transfer will take you the rest of the way.
Ready to Learn More?
If you’re excited about the possibilities of fat transfer in northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., reach out and schedule a consultation with us today.