Fat grafting, fat transferring, and fat injections are all common ways of referring to the treatment process of filling in hollowed areas, softening lines and wrinkles, and restoring a youthful appearance to your face, lips, and hands. Non-surgical treatments, such as using dermal fillers, will help to correct volume loss. However, these products are not permanent and must be repeated every six to twenty-four months to maintain results.
Fat grafting takes fat from your own body and incorporates it into a new location, leading to natural and longer-lasting results.
How Fat Grafting Works
Fat grafting is a unique treatment that works by taking fat cells from one area of the body with excess fat cells and rejuvenating another area that needs to be filled in. Fat cells are usually taken from the stomach, hips, or thighs and most commonly injected into the face areas. Before being injected, fat cells are specially prepared to give them the best chance of survival. Once injected, the fat cells will establish themselves in the new area and continue to live in their new location while offering ongoing facial rejuvenation. Your body’s cells will be used to rejuvenate, and the treatment will not need to be repeated over time.
Yes, Results Are Yours To Keep!
Fat cells transferred to the face can be nearly permanent. While other types of facial volume restoration procedures need to be repeated often to maintain results, fat grafting is different. The fat cells can successfully live and thrive in their new environment while simultaneously offering permanent rejuvenation to the injection site.
While results are lasting, not all transferred fat cells will survive or maintain the same fullness level. At the time of your treatment, your provider will overfill the treatment area slightly because not all of the fat transferred to the face will survive permanently. Some cells will die within the first six months of transfer; however, the remaining cells should be permanently established once the six-month mark has passed.
Factors That Impact Results
Between 50-70% of the fat transferred will be retained long-term. However, certain factors will impact the longevity of your results, including:
The Skill Level of Your Provider
Hоw thе fаt was harvested аnd purified, and hоw аnd whеrе it was іnjесtеd will all impact longevity. The more skilled your provider is and the better their understanding of the technique, the longer-lasting your results will be.
The Providers Technique
A process called mісrоfаt grаftіng, while lаbоr іntеnѕіvе, has shown to be one of the best techniques to еnѕurе thаt thе hіghеѕt percentage of grаftеd fat will be retained by the body in the new injection site.
How Well Your Body Adapts
Thе іnjесtеd fаt must еѕtаblіѕh a nеw blооd ѕuррlу from уоur bоdу and receive thе nourishment іt nееdѕ for ѕurvіvаl. Whеn this hарреnѕ, rеѕultѕ can аnd оftеn are реrmаnеnt; hоwеvеr, thеrе mау bе a percentage of fat that does not tаkе. In these cases, maintenance treatments are sometimes necessary to ensure you are happy with your results.
Individual lifestyle choices, including smoking, heavy drinking, and recreational drug use, can significantly impact the longevity of your results.
Benefits of Fat
The fat used in fat grafting is autologous, meaning that it is taken from your own body. Because of this, you will not suffer from an allergic reaction, making the treatment ideal for those sensitive to fillers. Your body will also benefit from both having fat cells removed from an area where you have too much and having fat injected into an area that needs it. Treatment is minimally invasive and does not require incisions.
Are You An Ideal Candidate?
Fat grafting is a powerful treatment that can be successfully used for facial rejuvenation, contour deformities from a previous liposuction treatment, and improving the look and feel of hollowed areas on the face. If you are considering fat grafting, contact Hinsdale Vein & Laser to schedule a consultation.