As our bodies age, we begin to lose fatty tissue in our face and hands. The depletion of these fatty deposits can result in a hollow or “sunken” appearance and increase the visibility of veins and tendons on the hands. There are many treatment options and injectable fillers that can help restore volume to these fat deficient areas, but the effects are usually temporary. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa offers autologous fat transfer to help add volume and contour back to fat deficient areas of the body.
Autologous fat transfer uses excess fat found in the patient’s hips, thighs, abdomen, or buttocks to treat facial folds and wrinkles and provide additional volume or contour to the face or lips. The fat is harvested using Ultrasound Assisted Tumescent Liposuction or non-surgical needle aspiration and is purified before being re-inserted into the body.
Fat transfer is a good option for patients who are allergic to synthetic fillers, there is no risk of an allergic reaction because the fat is taken from the patient’s body. Fat transfer provides lasting results because the transplanted fat cells will develop their own blood supply and integrate themselves into their new location. Harvested fatty tissue can be stored for several months, so patients can receive “top up” procedures as needed.
Common areas for fat injections
- Brow area
- Under the eyes
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
An added benefit of autologous fat transfer is the reshaping of the “donor” site with the removal of the harvested fat.
Common “donor” sites
Are you interested in learning more about fat transfer? Schedule a consultation with Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa today!
How does the treatment work?
First, the fat is harvested from the designated “donor” area. The harvested fat is then purified using a centrifuge or filter method. Once purified, the fat is injected into the area deficient of volume or fatty tissue. The re-inserted fat is then formed and sculpted to achieve the desired shape.
What are the possible side effects?
The potential side effects include minor swelling or bruising at the treatment site immediately following treatment. These side effects typically resolve on their own and should subside within a few days of the treatment.
Who is a candidate?
Men and women who are in good overall health who are looking to treat facial lines and wrinkles and/or add volume to various parts of the body. Fat transfer is an ideal option for patients looking for significant enhancement in volume.
Are you interested in finding out if fat transfer treatments are right for you? Schedule a consultation with our Santa Rosa office today!