Facial Dermal Fillers (Fat Transfer)
Facial Dermal Fillers (Fat Transfer)
The fat transfer is a popular procedure for skin rejuvenation and even breast augmentation, so this is a cosmetic injectable that is regularly obtained. If you want to know how dermal fillers such as the fat transfer can alter the size and shape of the body, or how they could restore volume and have an anti-ageing effect, please read on.
What Are Dermal Fillers And The Fat Transfer?
A surgical fat transfer falls under the category of dermal fillers. During this treatment, fat is harvested from one part of the body and reintroduced in another part of the body. For example, a facial fat transfer can be done to restore a patient’s youthful appearance.
Opposed to other dermal fillers, substances from your own body are used, more specifically your body’s own fat cells. The fat transfer procedure is also known under different names; this includes the fat graft and lipomodelling.
The aim of a fat transfer is two-fold. Firstly, the treatment can remove unwanted fat from an area of the body where fat has accumulated; this may include the abdomen or the thighs. Secondly, the harvested fat is used to change the shape of the treatment area or to provide skin rejuvenation.
Patients considering a fat transfer for facial rejuvenation or another procedure in the future do not necessarily need to have this procedure in conjunction with a liposuction. Patients can acquire the liposuction first, and then store the harvested fat in the fat bank owned and operated by The Dr Lanzer Clinic. When the fat is required in the future, it can be obtained from the fat bank for the patient’s treatment.
What Is the Cost of the Fat Transfer?
Like most cosmetic procedures these days, the cost of the fat transfer or fat injections is variable and subject to various factors; this includes surgeon experience, the clinic you choose, the donor site for the liposuction, the scope of the treatment, and more. Some clinics will also charge separately for care after a fat grafting procedure and additional treatment sessions.
To ensure you are receiving an accurate cost estimate, it is best to obtain one during a consultation with your cosmetic surgery clinic. At The Dr Lanzer Clinic, patients can benefit from a free consultation before their treatment takes place; this gives patients the chance to speak to Dr Lanzer and acquire a cost estimate without committing to anything.
How Is the Fat Transfer Performed?
As we mentioned earlier, the fat transfer involves two treatments: one treatment where fat is harvested and one treatment where the fat is injected. To ensure patients get a full overview of what is involved, we will discuss both below.
The first part of the fat transfer is the harvesting of fat. During this part of the treatment, tiny cuts will be made on the skin; this is required for the thin cannula to gain access to the treatment area. Once the fat is prepared for removal with tumescent fluid (a unique combination of local anaesthetic and saline) or ultrasound, the surgeon will remove the required fat through a suction process.
When the fat has been harvested through liposuction, it is transported to a special lab. During this time, the fat is concentrated and filtered; this removes the unwanted compounds and ensures a purer fat, which will be introduced into the target area. Once the fat has been treated, it can be stored in the fat bank or used for a fat transfer.
When the patient comes in for a fat transfer, the surgeon will use a needle and a syringe to inject small amounts of fat in the treatment area. Since the needle goes through the skin, most fat transfer treatments will not require any sutures.
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Does a Fat Transfer Require an Overnight Stay?
Most patients can leave the clinic shortly after having the fat transfer. Of course, patients must expect some recovery time post-procedure, so they must follow the instructions provided by The Dr Lanzer Clinic to avoid complications.
One of the essential parts shortly after your treatment is having someone to drive you home. Even if you have the procedure under a local anaesthetic, you will not be fit to drive at this point. Patients can only resume driving once they are comfortable enough to do so.
During the first couple of weeks after your procedure, you can experience some bruising and swelling on and around the edges of the treatment area. Bruising and swelling will start to subside over the course of the recovery process and patients may be given some pain medication to help with the side-effects. Of course, it is a good idea not to evaluate the results until these side-effects have subsided.
The visibility of results and disappearance of side-effects is different for each patient. Some patients heal quickly, while others need a little more time. During your recovery, it is always best to listen to your own body and not push yourself too hard.
When you experience any unusual symptoms during your recovery, it is advised to get in touch with our clinic. Your own peace of mind is important, even if the unusual symptom turns out to be harmless.
What Problem Areas Can Be Tackled With Dermal Filler Treatments?
Dermal filler products can be used for many things. Transferred fat is a popular choice for lip enhancement, but also for areas of the face that are prone to signs of ageing; this includes facial areas such as the nasolabial folds, tear troughs, the corner of the mouth, and countless other fine lines and wrinkles around the face. It is also a popular choice to restore facial volume, as facial fat grafting
These types of wrinkle injections are also used to add volume to the hands, subsequently hiding visible bones and veins, making the hands appear younger and addressing a loss of volume.
How Can I Book an Appointment for a Fat Transfer?
Need any additional information about the fat transfer at the Dr Lanzer Clinic? Or would you like to book an appointment with Dr Lanzer for this treatment? Contact us today via telephone, email, or contact form.
What Other Cosmetic Treatments Are Available at Dr Lanzer’s Clinic?
The Dr Lanzer Clinic provides a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments. The aim of these procedures is quite diverse; this goes from rejuvenating treatments to the reduction of excess fats and removing blemishes. So, you could obtain products with hyaluronic acid and benefit from various types of dermal filler, but also obtain procedures such as the facelift or liposuction.
To get more familiar with the treatments available at our clinics, you can refer to the information pages available on the website. There are also many case studies patients can refer to if they wish to see an example of procedures.
If a patient requires even more information about a certain treatment, patients can contact The Dr Lanzer Clinic and request this information. Simply use the website contact form to acquire more advice and additional info.
What Are The Benefits Of The Fat Transfer And Natural Dermal Fillers Overall?
Fat is a naturally occurring substance in the body, which means it is less likely to be rejected by the body after the treatment. It also creates a natural looking result, especially since fat can add the volume that has been lost over time.
Other dermal fillers from leading brands are available at The Dr Lanzer Clinic, but due to advertisement regulations, we are unable to mention their name. If you would like some more information about these injectables, please contact our clinic.