With age or due to your genetic makeup, the fatty layer beneath your skin (called subcutaneous fat) can slowly diminish, leaving your face looking gaunt and aged. You may develop deep laugh lines, hollows beneath your eyes, thinning lips, or lose volume at the temples.
One of the most exciting developments in aesthetics, facial fat grafting, involves harvesting fat from another body area, purifying the fat cells, and carefully injecting the cells into various facial areas to smooth, plump, and rejuvenate.
How Does Facial Fat Transfer Work?
The process has several steps, the first of which is harvesting healthy fat cells from another area on your body, such as love handles, buttocks, thighs, back, or upper arms.
The fat cells are extracted with gentle liposuction to avoid damaging the cells. Once extracted, the cells are purified. They are then injected with a very fine needle into the facial areas that need plumping or restoration. While many people choose to smooth lines and wrinkles or add volume to cheeks or other facial area with synthetic dermal fillers, this process involves the use of your own natural fat cells. A percentage of the cells will become established in the new location, for a long-term smoothing effect.
Why Choose Natural Fat Grafting?
Natural fat grafting has several advantages, including:
No risk of rejection
Adds natural volume
Can plump lips, enhance cheeks, or smooth wrinkles
Fills deep facial lines
Can smooth deep tear troughs, sunken undereye area
Live Fat Cell Transfer for Facial Rejuvenation
The beauty of natural fat grafting is that the result is smooth and natural, as the plumping effect is created by transferring your own fat cells to your face. This procedure is also used in a Brazilian butt lift, with larger quantities of fat transferred to create a rounder, shapelier derrière.
The result of this procedure, when performed at Rashid Putman Plastic Surgery, you will be under the care of plastic surgeons who are among the finest practicing in the state. We use state-of-the-art techniques for superior results.
The process is not extremely uncomfortable, but takes some time, as initially the fat must be harvested, washed, and purified. Once this is complete, the clean fat cells are carefully injected with a fine needle, just as with dermal fillers. The pain and discomfort are mild, with minor bruising at the liposuction access points or injection sites. The procedure requires two to three hours to complete in most cases.
How Long Will It Take To See Total Results?
You will see immediate results, but the area treated will be slightly overfilled as a percentage of the transferred cells will die off, and slowly be shed by the body over time. The final result is visible within about a year, when the transferred fat cells become fully viable with a blood supply that causes them to grow, bringing a plumper, firmer look to an aging face.
What is the Recovery Time from Natural Fat Grafting?
The recovery time varies from person to person, with swelling as the main condition to resolve. The usual period of time for this to diminish is about two weeks, after which you should feel confident enough to attend social events, although some swelling may remain. A more thorough recovery is achieved in about six weeks.
How Long Will the Results of Natural Fat Grafting Last?
The fat cells that become viable are there for the long term. They respond like your other fat cells, growing in volume as you gain weight, and shrinking if you lose weight. The advantage of fat grafting is that the result is very natural, long-lasting, soft, and smooth.
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Rashid Putman Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa is open during normal business hours for all services following the policies and procedures below.
RASHID PUTMAN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
All patients regardless of vaccination status must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while in the building
Employees will wear recommended face coverings and PPE
Healthcare workers at Rashid Putman Plastic Surgery are compliant with mandates set forth in “Section 2: Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Workers” of Executive Order No 87
Patients must certify they are asymptomatic of COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person at their appointment
Symptomatic or exposed patients must cancel his/her appointment
Fees and penalties will be waived for COVID related cancellations
As an alternative to our waiting room, patients may text us upon arrival at 309-328-3248 to be notified when an exam room is ready for direct entry
We are disinfecting all areas of our office multiple times a day with EPA-registered disinfectant products qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2
Surgeons and staff will not be shaking hands and hallway doors have been propped open
We are screening staff as recommended by the CDC
Some of our amenities in the waiting room will not be operational in order to minimize contact
Hand sanitizer and/or soap and water are readily available
As always, we remain complaint with all federal and state requirements
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