Do you have fat in places where you don’t want it — but want more volume on another area of your body? The fat transfer procedure (also called fat grafting and fat injection) removes a patient’s own fat and re-implants it where needed to restore volume. When used as a facial filler, fat grafting can help erase creases, fill in acne scars, plump up sunken cheeks and add fullness to the lips and chin, creating a subtle, yet noticeably more youthful appearance.
How Fat Transfer Works
The procedure is a complex process: fat must be harvested in such a way as to preserve the integrity of the fat cells. Ordinary liposuction, laser liposuction, and ultrasonic liposuction that disrupts the cell membrane of the fat cell will not produce living fat cells. Concentration of the fat and washing the fat will also affect the results. Dr. Chang has had extensive experience, training and success in harvesting a patient’s own fat for transfer.
What to Expect from Fat Grafting
Most of the time, other people will not be able to tell you’ve had the fat transfer procedure as a facial filler, unless you tell them. All they will notice is how refreshed you look. We can also graft fat and inject it into the buttocks or breasts, for a less dramatic and more natural-looking result than you’d typically get with implants.
While results are long-lasting, they should not be considered permanent. As you age and lose volume in your face, the fat grafting procedure may have to be repeated.
Candidates for Fat Injections
Fat grafts take better in more highly vascularized area such as the face and do not do as well in highly mobile areas such as the lips. During your initial consultation at Aesthetica, we will work together to come up with a plan to achieve your desired results.
Aesthetica is the only practice in Loudoun County that is equipped with all of the types of technology and that can perform every fat removal and facial rejuvenation procedure. While other practices might steer you to the technology they have (because they don’t have it all), Dr. Phillip Chang will suggest the BEST solution, because Aesthetica DOES offer it all.