Many minimally invasive options are available for facial rejuvenation. You may have heard terms such as liposculpture, autologous fat grafting, micro fat graft, fat augmentation, and fat transfer. Essentially, these terms all refer to the same procedure. Although not always as well known as other treatments by Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC patients, fat transfer provides effective facial rejuvenation by removing fat from one are of your body and injecting it to augment the structure of your face.
Autologous fat, or one's own fat, is an ideal filler material. It is non-allergic, natural, easily available, and has the potential for long-term, natural-looking results. Fat transfer may also help patients to treat traumatic deformities such as scars and may allow select patients to avoid more extensive plastic surgery.
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How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
For people in Northern Virginia and Maryland, fat transfer is commonly performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. During the procedure, Dr. Chaboki takes small amounts of your own fat (usually from your abdomen) and injects the fat directly into your face to restore volume and augment facial structure.
Fat is gently harvested via a small liposuction cannula from your belly button, hips, legs, or buttocks. It is injected as tiny particles via a small syringe into the areas that require volume. These areas often include:
- The upper and lower lips.
- The jaw line and pre-jowl area.
- Nasolabial folds, often referred to as "parentheses."
- The tear trough area.
Some patients may also benefit from fat in the temple areas, around the eye, and even the earlobe. A fat transfer is often complemented by other cosmetic surgery procedures in Northern Virginia and Maryland like facelift surgery.
What Can I Expect After Fat Transfer?
Most patients have minimal swelling, discomfort and bruising after the procedure, which lasts a few weeks. Touch-up injections may occur several weeks after the first injection, once a majority of the swelling and bruising has subsided. In most cases, Dr. Chaboki will wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before considering repeat injection.
Alternatives to Fat Transfer
Restoring youth commonly involves adding volume, but some patients may have too much facial fat. These patients may benefit from buccal fat reduction to reduce facial volume and to create a more defined look.
This technique may allow select patients to avoid more extensive plastic surgery procedures such as facial implants. Many other options are available for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. For wrinkle reduction and enhancing volume, these options include facial fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic in Washington, DC.