Fat Grafting/Transfer

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Fat Grafting Overview

Fat grafting is used for individuals who are looking for a “refreshed” look or a rejuvenation. Fat grafting is also known as fat transfer, fat lifting, liposculpture or Space Lift®. Fat grafting is commonly used to enhance the cheeks or lips or anywhere else desired. Individuals also use fat grafting to correct tissue deficiencies or just to get a more mature look.

The fat grafting process starts by removing, treating or spinning excess fat from stubborn fat pockets. The fat is then inspected for whole fat cells. Lastly, the fat cells are gently re-implanted in to the desired area.

Some of the most popular areas where fat grafting procedures are performed are the “hollow” eyes or dark circles, temple areas, chin, lips, jaw lines, forehead, facial scars, upper lip and nose and anywhere else fat is needed for enhancement.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Plastic  Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Fat Grafting procedures, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Fat Grafting

Being honest with yourself about how your face will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Despoilment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having fat grafting surgery will result in enhanced facial features. Enhanced facial features may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Fat grafting differs from other body enhancement procedures, which will also enhance certain body parts. Some surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful fat grafting. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of fat grafting surgery:

  • Is fat grafting the right procedure for me?
  • Will there be any difficulty with your range of motion after the procedure?
  • What is the recovery time?
  • How many days will I be absent from work?
  • Will fat grafting correct my chubby face?
  • What are the potential risks?
  • What are the costs involved for this procedure?

If you're consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Fat Grafting Cosmetic Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Fat Grafting Recovery

As with any surgical procedure, you should expect to be swollen and possibly bruised, with sore sensations. Knowing what to expect and getting all the facts before the procedure usually helps patients cope with the recovery process much better.

It is recommended to take your instructed medication on time. Keeping your treated area still and at rest will help you in the healing process. Not moving that area will ensure that the graft is not compromised and no lumps will come about. You should not engage in strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Excessive pain or redness should be reported to the surgeon immediately. By following instructions from your doctor and being careful, you will be on your way to a quick recovery.

Fat Grafting Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Fat grafting can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What is the risk that the procedure will result in asymmetrical proportions
  • What are the risks of asymmetrical scarring?
  • Will excess scar tissue distort areas of my face?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with fat grafting surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Fat Grafting

Patients notice immediate results following the surgery, once the swelling subsides. However, the true results show in 3-4 months when the swelling has gone completely. As far as permanency of the procedure, it is possible, but it depends on the surgeon. Some surgeons can get up to 90% longevity.Therefore, it is important to research a surgeon who has proven permanent results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area , who specialize in Fat Grafting surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.