Fat Transfer: Face & Hands
Thanks for visiting Dermacare’s website. I’m Dr. Castillo-Plaza and I hope the following information can help you making your best decision. Aging of the face involves a loss of fat, resulting in wrinkles that can cause sunken temples, hollow cheeks, deeper frown and smile lines, thinner lips and a smaller chin.. Depressions on the face or body can be corrected by relocating one's own fat cells removed from the patient's buttocks, abdomen or thighs and injected into the face.

You want to collect old pictures of yourself to see where you originally had fat. This is applicable to the upper and lower lids and cheek bone area as well as the lips and sometimes the cheek area. For 10 days before surgery, you need to avoid anticoagulants such as alcohol, aspirin, antihistamines, herbal oils, and over the counter feel good preparations.

Whether you do the fat transplant alone or as part of a fat removal procedure, a fat transplant is done under local anesthesia during which a very tiny incision is made in the donor site, usually the abdomen. The fat is then centrifuged and auto- reinjected via fine needle cannulas.

The patient is asked to massage the areas injected with their fingers several times a day. The patient can usually return to work after 3-4 days. You need to have a day or two to yourself if your surgery is not a secret. If you are not sharing the fact of your surgery allow 7-10 days for healing. Some people heal faster than others.

In our experience fat transplants are very effective and we do not over correct because of that. Some areas, such as when you replace fat in a previously over corrected post- operative eye may need an additional session to restore the fat. Fat is successful at the white line of the lip, the frown and smile lines and under hollowed eyes. Fat can be used to restore the support and position to eye brows that dropped because of loss of fill.

A word about other fillers:
Collagen requires a skin test. The others do not. Most last less than 6 months, so that treatment can be required three times a year. By contrast fat is natural, can heal, cannot be felt when you kiss, and lasts a long time. Admittedly it is a graft and it may not all survive.