Fat transfer, also called lipoinjection or fat grafting, is a method of soft tissue augmentation that has been used for many years. Fat transfer works like other wrinkle fillers, but it uses your own fat cells as a filler to correct grooves and wrinkles on your face. Because your own fat cells are used, you can’t have an allergic reaction to the injections.
Top rated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vendetti performs fat grafting for patients who want a natural way to achieve long-lasting correction to signs of facial aging.
What Can Fat Transfer Treat?
As we age, we lose fat deposits under our skin. Fat transfer can help correct signs of facial aging that are associated with this loss of fat.
In fat transfer, Dr. Vendetti focuses on increasing volume, softening lines, filling in deep wrinkles or creases, and contouring certain areas. A plump, full face is characteristic of youthfulness. Using fat transfer to reverse age-related facial fat loss is one way to restore it.
Dr. Vendetti can use fat transfer to treat:
- Sunken, hollow cheeks
- Hollows around the eyes, and
- Deep grooves or furrows around the face
How Is Fat Transfer Performed in Virginia Beach?
In clinical terms, the fat transfer procedure is called “lipoinjection with autologous fat.” This means that the injected fat is obtained from your own body.
Fat transfer is a two-stage procedure. First, fatty tissue is harvested with a syringe or thin tube (called a microcannula) from an area of your body with dense fat cells. After the fat is collected, it will be purified. Then you are ready for the second part of the procedure, which is the reinjection. Dr. Vendetti injects small droplets of fat into areas where your face needs more volume.
He can collect enough fat cells for fat transfer without making a noticeable impact on the part of your body where fat is collected. The fat can be quickly purified and re-injected, or it can be collected and stored for later use. Dr. Vendetti can collect all the fat at one time, even if he plans to perform several injection sessions.
After Your Fat Transfer Procedure
Fat transfer is not usually permanent- there is a percentage of fat that will reabsorb into the body. However, the results can last for years—which is longer than the results of any manufactured dermal filler that is currently available.
Fat injection is a more intricate process than injection of other dermal fillers, since it requires extraction of fat and special knowledge about how your body will reabsorb the fat. Your body will likely break down and clear away some of the injected fat.
You may experience some swelling and bruising after the procedure. When done correctly, fat transfer can bring about pleasing, natural looking results that noticeably improve your appearance.
If you are interested in fat transfer in the Hampton Roads area to help you correct signs of facial aging, contact us at Virginia Surgical Arts today.