Why Fat Transfer is a Fabulous Filler!
- Posted on: Nov 22 2019
When it comes to fillers, you’ve probably heard all about some incredible products like Juvéderm and Restylane, which are both made from hyaluronic acid (a natural substance that helps maintain skin volume and hydration) or even Radiesse (made from calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel). But you most likely haven’t heard of or even considered the most fabulous filler of all – fat transfer! Fat transfer, or fat injections, is exactly as it sounds.
While not an in-office procedure, this out-patient surgery offers permanent results. And the recovery is not as significant as you might think. We remove the fat cells from one area of your body (tummy, flanks, arms, etc.) and place them in another area, where they plump up wrinkles, fill in hollows and add youthful volume to the face. This fatty tissue can also fill in the tiny lines that form around the mouth, plump lips and fill in that “hollow eye” look that occurs with aging.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “why should I choose a fat transfer over dermal fillers?” Well, let us explain the benefits of both:
For one thing, fat injections have a much longer-lasting result compared to dermal fillers. Even the best dermal fillers start to break down and be reabsorbed by the body, anywhere from six months to a year from treatment, requiring you to come back in and get touch-ups. This is not the case with fat transfer. The fat cells that are successfully transferred to your face and not reabsorbed will thrive there. Due to his expertise and years of experience with fat transfer, Dr.Flaharty has an approximate 70% “survival rate” for fat cells harvested from one area and transferred to the face. Additionally, he takes an artistic approach and places the cells in tiny micro-packets all throughout the face and at different planes of the facial anatomy. This ensures good blood supply, excellent results and a softly natural appearance.
Another benefit of fat transfer is the level of rejuvenation we can accomplish with this procedure. We use the harvested fat to bring volume to your entire face, resulting in a comprehensive rejuvenation leaving you with more natural-looking results. This can be rather difficult to do with dermal fillers, as cost becomes prohibitive and the results are temporary. To put this in perspective, when you purchase a syringe of filler that is 1cc of liquid filler. When Dr. Flaharty does a fat transfer procedure, he generally transfers between 50cc – 70cc of fat. If you were basing your decision on cost alone, it’s an unbelievable value! Check out a before and after of this exact procedure!
But are there any advantages of dermal fillers over fat injections? Well, yes! Dermal fillers are non-invasive and can be done quickly, without any extensive recovery time in the office. So, in this sense, they have an advantage over surgical fat transfer, which does require a recovery period with some noticeable swelling and bruising after the procedure. Whatever solution fits you best, you’re in wonderfully skilled and artistic hands with Dr. Flaharty!
Long-lasting fillers are every beauty-lovers dream. What you may not know is that the best long-lasting filler is living within you! If you’ve tried dermal fillers in the past but you’re looking for more longer-lasting results, fat injections may be just what you’ve been looking for! If you’d like to book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Flaharty to talk about which filler treatment – dermal fillers or fat transfer – is right for you, give us a call today at (239) 747-1148.