With age, we all lose a degree of subcutaneous fat from various parts of the body. One of the most troublesome, according to statistics, is the decrease in fat volume on the face. In the past several years, volume loss has been corrected by inserting synthetic fillers into the soft tissue of the cheeks, temples, and other areas. More recently, physicians like Dr. Flaharty have begun treating patients more organically, using meticulous fat transfer technique.
What is fat transfer?
Fat transfer, or fat injections, is exactly as it sounds. The process of facial rejuvenation involves harvesting fat cells from one part of the body and then transplanting them through a strategic injection technique, into the face to restore volume where necessary. Dr. Patrick Flaharty refers to fat transfer as 3D rejuvenation because the small deposits of fat will be able to rejuvenate the face with more volume.
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Benefits of 3D Rejuvenation
Autologous fat transfer is a natural alternative to synthetic dermal fillers for smoothing out the signs of aging and replacing volume that has been lost over time. More importantly, fat transfer with Adivive™ delivers a more natural aesthetic result that many patients may prefer. Fat from your own body offers notable advantages to the use of dermal fillers for facial augmentation. The primary reason why more men and women are choosing this treatment is that results last much longer than synthetic fillers; several years as opposed to months.
The Adivive™ Fat Transfer System is unique in that it enables a higher quality injectable and offers a more predictable and reproducible treatment. Adivive’s specialized weighted-mesh filter, combined with its high G-force/RPM centrifugation, helps maximize the concentration of adipocytes by “squeezing” out fluids including blood, infiltration fluids, and free oils. This process has been shown to yield higher-volume survival rates of the transferred fat tissue.
“Dr. Flaharty and his staff are truly wonderful. They are extraordinarily nice and very skilled. My procedure went very well with beautiful results. I would highly recommend Dr. Flaharty and Azul Cosmetics.” ~ Judy”
Fat Grafting Candidates
Facial fat grafting is appropriate for just about anyone who would be interested in dermal fillers, due to the fact that each type of treatment is commonly used for similar concerns. Some of the corrections that are possible with fat injections include decreased lines and wrinkles, loss of volume in the lips or cheeks, and visible acne scarring. Fatty tissue is also used to fill in the tiny lines that form around the mouth, sunken temples and hollows under the eyes, and forehead lines.
What areas of the body can you do a fat transfer?
One of the important aspects of fat transfer procedures is that there be sufficient fatty tissue from which cells can be harvested. Common harvest sites include the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Furthermore, fat transfer treatments may be performed to augment areas such as the lips, cheeks, and even the backs of the hands. In some practices, fat is also used in procedures such as the Brazilian Butt Lift, developed to add volume to the backside. In our offices that serve the Naples and Fort Myers metro area, fat transfer focuses on facial rejuvenation.
Fat Transfer Procedure
There are three basic steps to the fat transfer procedure. These include:
- Fat extraction. The site from which fat cells will be harvested is selected during your consultation visit. To obtain the amount of fat needed, Dr. Flaharty performs liposuction on that part of the body.
- Purification. Liposuction removes fat cells as well as debris such as blood products. What we need for facial rejuvenation is the purest fat product. To obtain this, the fat that is extracted from the body is “spun” in sophisticated centrifuge equipment. It can then be transferred into syringes when ready for use.
- Rejuvenation. Through a tiny needle or cannula, fat cells are introduced into areas of the face where volume loss has occurred. The insertion of fat cells may be performed to achieve a type of grid beneath the skin. Over time, a new scaffolding of volume, enriched with collagen, is built.
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This patient is a patient in her early seventies who had a full face CO2 laser resurfacing and a full face fat augmentation.
Recovery After Fat Augmentation
There are two aspects of recovery to the fat transfer procedure. All in all, patients are encouraged to prepare for two weeks of noticeable swelling and bruising after their procedure.
Liposuction recovery may involve wearing a compression garment to prevent fluid accumulation. Because such a minimal amount of fat is extracted for facial rejuvenation, drains are not usually necessary after liposuction. Though soreness and tenderness are mild, bruising may appear significant at first, and will gradually diminish over two to three weeks.
Facial recovery also revolves around the decrease in swelling and bruising. Some patients are surprised by the amount of swelling they notice during the first few weeks of recovery. Swelling doesn’t indicate trauma to facial tissues, it is a reflection of the excess of fat cells that have been introduced into the face. This is necessary because some of the fat injected will naturally absorb.