Fat Grafting (including Fat Injections) are cosmetic procedures whereby excess fat is taken from one or more areas of the body and then transferred to another in order to add plumpness. This is generally a relatively quick procedure and done on an outpatient status.
The average patient that undergoes this procedure will have fat from their abdomen, thighs or buttocks transferred to the buttocks, breasts, eyes, lips, hands, temples or cheeks. Within just a few days, a person will be back to regular activities after undergoing this relatively simple procedure, when compared to other types of cosmetic procedures.
For those who want to rejuvenate their appearance while removing unwanted fat from other parts of the body, a fat transplant can replace youthful volume that is often lost as a result of aging or weight loss. It is extremely natural-looking and actually re-creates a contour much closer to that of the past, before the changes due to age. Fat grafting can create supple-looking skin and restore youthful contours.
Is Fat Grafting for Me?
Fat grafting patients often choose this procedure because they are bothered by facial hollows, age-related appearance in the hands or face, lost fat volume (whether age related or not), or just a lack of plumpness in a specific body area such as breasts or buttocks. Since almost all patients have fat they want to or can afford to lose from another area of the body, it is common to combine the harvesting of this fat and rather than discard it, use it as a natural filler to create added benefit at the same time.
Since the grafting portion of the procedure is swift and easy relative to other cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, there is little additional discomfort and healing is swift. On the face, common treatment areas include beneath the eyes, the cheeks (either next to the nose or toward the cheekbones), nasolabial folds (laugh lines), the lips, temples, jaw line and chin.
During Your Procedure
This procedure involves harvesting healthy fat cells from an area of the body where excess fat is present, and then transferring the fat to parts of the body or face where hollowing has occurred. Fat harvesting is accomplished by using liposuction to remove fat from a donor area – typically the stomach, love-handles, or thighs. The removed fat is then purified and injected into the appropriate locations.
Why Use Tickle Lipo Harvested Fat?
One of the top questions asked by patients is about lost volume after the graft and how long the graft will last. Since documented studies have shown that the quality and volume of fat harvested is greatest using Tickle Lipo’s “Cell Rich Fat Transfer” system, a procedure performed using Tickle Lipo™ brand technology will yield the best, most permanent results.
Healing after Surgery
Recuperation time from fat grafts will vary depending on the number and location of grafts performed. They are more likely to have a longer recover from the liposuctioin procedure to harvest fat. Typically, patients can return to their normal routines in 7 to 10 days. You may feel slightly sore after liposuction, as though you have just finished a strenuous workout. This is normal and will subside within a few days.
Light swelling is common after fat injections into the breast, buttocks or face, as it is with artificial fillers. This swelling can sometimes distort the results temporarily. It may take a few weeks for the swelling to resolve and see the final results.
A Complete Makeover
Fat grafting is very effective when used alone, but it can also accompany other procedures such as a facelift or eyelid surgery. Performing laser skin resurfacing in addition to fat grafting can provide further improvements in the skin’s overall texture and tone. This is the type of procedure used by Dr. Man for which he won a national award and we highlighted in a previous article.
You May Also Need to Know
Fat grafting is perhaps the greatest advancement in surgical facial rejuvenation in the past 10 years. Now, the debate about its use and benefits is over. At cosmetic and plastic surgery conferences both nationally and internationally, fat grafting for facial rejuvenation and body enhancement are usually a large part of the agenda and are included in major panel discussions.
Fat grafts are now a mainstream cosmetic procedure and Tickle Lipo is becoming a household name with both patients and the surgeon community because their Cell Rich Fat Transfer yields the most consistent and successful cosmetic outcome.
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