Candidates for Fat Grafting
Candidates for facial fat grafting are those who would benefit from adding volume to specific regions of their face. It is recommended to be at a healthy and stable weight prior to undergoing fat grafting.
How Fat Grafting is Performed
Dr. Foulad typically performs fat grafting using local anesthesia. Patients remain comfortable throughout the duration of the procedure. Dr. Foulad first obtains fat from one part of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or inner or outer thigh. He obtains this fat gently using a small liposuction cannula. The incisions made for the fat removal are only a few millimeters in length and usually heal very nicely. Dr. Foulad then processes and purifies the harvested fat. The fat is then carefully and strategically injected into your desired areas until the appropriate volume and shape are met. Usually the fat is injected using a microcannula, similar to the technique as filler treatment.
How to Prepare for Fat Grafting
In preparation for undergoing fat transfer treatment, it is important that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Certain medications and supplements might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure to reduce certain risks. It is important that you do not not smoke or use nicotine products 1-2 months prior to your procedure and for a period of time after your procedure. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.
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What to Expect After Fat Grafting
Recovery from fat grafting is very comfortable for most patients. Following the procedure most patients experience very minimal swelling and/or bruising. However, bruising and swelling varies from patient to patient. The majority of patients are able to return back to work or social activities within several days to one week following their procedure.
Fat Grafting faq
How many treatments will I require?
Some patients reach their desired results with just one fat transfer session. While in other patients, a second or third session may be necessary in order to achieve the most optimized result. This is because the amount of fat that survives is not completely predictable.
Over time, some of the transferred fat may reabsorb in some patients. If this occurs, additional treatment can be considered.
How long does fat transfer last?
Facial fat grafting typically lasts for many years, and can be permanent. Once the transferred fat integrates within the adjacent tissues, it will remain there for a long time.