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Fat Transfer

What is a Fat Transfer Treatment?

The term fat injection and fat transfer refer to the procedure of transferring fat from one area of your body and injecting it into another area of your body. The procedure for transferring fat to the face is great for men and women who have lost volume in their faces.

As we age, the fat and collagen in our face break down and thin which causes the skin to develop lines, wrinkles, and generally makes the skin appear to sag and look hollow. The goal of the injections is to add lifting through fullness and give the face a more youthful and sculpted appearance. This procedure is gaining in popularity as an alternative to a surgical face lift and to facial fillers. Typical areas treated are the cheeks and nasolabial folds.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Fat Transfer?

You are a suitable candidate for a fat transfer treatment if you have signs of facial aging like wrinkles and volume loss. It is an excellent option for patients looking to avoid the downtime that comes with more invasive procedures.

The best candidates are in good physical health. Non-smokers are ideal candidates. Smokers must be willing to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after the treatment.

You must have enough body fat for transfer. It is important to have realistic expectations about the procedure’s benefits.

The Procedure

This procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia in usually under an hour depending on the number of areas treated. The face has good blood circulation, capillaries, and larger blood vessels so the injected fat cells can form their own blood supply and be viable. The injected area is typically over-treated to compensate for any reabsorption of fat back into the body. It is possible that the patient may need to come back to the office for a touch-up procedure.

Recovery Time

During recovery after a facial fat transfer, make sure to follow our post-treatment care directions closely. Initial bruising and swelling may last up to one week and swelling will continue to improve over the following two weeks. Keeping your head elevated will help with this process, as will use of cold compresses.

Areas treated may be sore for several days. You may be given prescription or over-the-counter medications to help with any discomfort.

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Schedule your consultation to learn more about the fat transfer treatment with Dr. Barry Cohen!