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Fat grafting or “natural fat transfer” is a method of moving fat cells from one area of the body to another. The results of fat grafting are soft, fresh, and natural in appearance. Fat grafting can be performed at our practice to enhance facial contours, add volume to your breasts, or create more lifted, rounded buttocks. If you are looking to have a curvier figure with more natural-looking results, Denton Plastic Surgery can use natural fat transfer as part of your treatment plan.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Fat Grafting?

Some of the benefits that can be achieved through fat grafting include:

  • Restore areas of the face and hands that have lost volume
  • The use of your own tissue in the procedure strongly minimizes any chance of rejection or adverse reaction
  • Trims another body area, such as love handles, thighs, or buttocks by transferring fat elsewhere
  • Long-lasting results

Are You a Candidate for Micro Fat Grafting?

Recent studies have shown that loss of fat and collagen in the face is a major contributor to facial aging. Micro fat grafting is a cutting-edge facial rejuvenation technique designed to reverse this process. Micro fat grafting is when a tiny needle is used to transfer fat to the face with results similar to dermal fillers, but longer-lasting. Dr. Flugstad and Dr. Rivet employ the most advanced fat grafting procedures to create beautiful, subtle improvements that take years off your look.

With age, your face is an area where the tissue and skin thin. Your face may develop a gaunt look at temples and cheeks, along with nasolabial folds, with the chin developing creases and lines. A youthful look can be restored by adding volume to those areas with Dr. Flugstad and Dr. Rivet’s advanced micro fat grafting techniques.

What Happens During Micro Fat Grafting?

Micro fat grafting is performed under intravenous sedation and local anesthetic. Our surgeons will harvest the fat with gentle liposuction on an area of the body with excess fat deposits, such as on the love handles, thighs, or hips. The fat cells are purified and placed in syringes for injection.

The fat cells are then carefully injected into the areas of the face that have lost volume. These areas will have already been determined during your previous consultation with Dr. Flugstad or Dr. Rivet about undergoing micro fat grafting. Once your body has healed from the liposuction and injection, you should be able to enjoy your refreshed appearance.

Can Micro Fat Grafting Be Combined with Other Facial Rejuvenation Treatments?

Micro fat grafting is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as:

  • Facelift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser skin resurfacing

These options can be discussed during your consultation so that facial rejuvenation treatment is tailored to your individual needs, with the goal of creating a more youthful appearance.

What Is Involved in Micro Fat Grafting Recovery?

Recovery from micro fat grafting takes about one to two weeks. In the early stages of recovery, it is normal to experience mild bruising, swelling, and some discomfort, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter painkillers. The swelling may take several weeks to fully disappear. The transferred fat becomes living tissue after injection for long-lasting restoration of lost facial volume. Micro fat grafting represents a cutting-edge technique in plastic surgery and is a very effective procedure for natural facial rejuvenation.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Every person is different. How we heal, our age, our lifestyle, and our diet all have an impact on the final outcome. The end result is a refreshed, younger look, with lines and wrinkles smoothed and lost volume restored. The redistribution of fat cells in the body is permanent, allowing your new proportions to last.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation about fat grafting. Call us at (940) 287-3795.