Today on the blog we’re discussing an exciting new offering at Aesthetic Medicine in Portland, Oregon: Fat Grafting. If you’re dealing with facial lines and wrinkles or would like to contour or plump up certain areas on your face, keep reading — fat grafting could be the long-lasting treatment for you.
Fat grafting is a procedure that takes small amounts of fat from one area such as your abdomen and re-implanting it to areas around your face. With fat grafting, you can use your extra fat for good! The transferred fat can be implanted to add volume to your cheeks, lips, facial folds, or other areas where you need it. Similar to dermal fillers, fat grafting can add selective volume to give you immediate results.
During this consultation, you also want to make sure to go over you goals with your surgeon so that both of you can reach an understanding of what can realistically be achieved with this procedure. To have a fat grafting treatment, you need to have good general health, with no circulatory disorders or preexisting conditions. Doctors recommend against smoking as it can inhibit recovery and results.
If you have a history of poor wound healing or if your overall health is poor, you may not be a good candidate for Fat Grafting.
In a consultation, you’ll meet with the Aesthetic Medicine team to discuss your treatment goals. This includes reviewing your eligibility, discussing the area for fat donation, and choosing treatment areas. With those details in place, you can set up your facial fat grafting procedure.
Your treatment provider administers local anesthesia at the donor site and transfer area. Then, they create a very small and well hidden incision in the donor area. Next, the donor fat is extracted using a slender tube.
Your fat is processed using cutting-edge techniques, a process that gives you the maximum yield of healthy whole fat cells for the transfer. Then, your specialist injects the donor fat where you want more volume. Just like with dermal fillers, the injected fat immediately plumps the area where it’s placed.
Fat grafting is an outpatient procedure. You’ll have some mild swelling for up to two weeks after the procedure. It’s important to avoid heavy exercise during this time, and to follow all the recovery guidelines the team provides so you can get optimal results long-term.
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