Fat Grafting Procedure

Cosmetic Surgery Markings | Dr. Elizabeth Harris

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Fat Grafting is a procedure wherein fat cells are extracted from the body (usually stomach area) and re-inserted into the face — nasolabial folds (mouth to nose folds), under eyes, cheeks, chin, temples, etc.
It is expected that some of the fat inserted will be re-absorbed into the body, while the rest remains permanent.

Where is the fat grafting procedure performed?

A Fat Grafting procedure can be done in an operating room with general anesthesia, or, in some cases may be done in-office using local anesthetic.

Typical Fat Grafting Recovery Time

This procedure is not incredibly invasive but does create a moderate amount of swelling afterwards. Everyone reacts differently, with most of the swelling subsiding in a week or so, and final results in 1-2 months. Most fat grafting patients feel comfortable returning to work in one week or so.
Patients should really consider smoking cessation as it significantly decreases the amount of fat that will remain permanent.

How Permanent is Fat Grafting or Fat Transfer?

The technique of fat transfer has been improved with the use of delicate transfer of fat with low pressure removal with handheld syringes, centrifuge to remove excess fluid and injection with blunt tipped needles which inject tiny amounts allowing for better in growth of blood supply. With proper technique, called the Coleman technique, fat transfer will have excellent long term survival. Use of liposuction machines and thick injections will have the opposite effect.