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Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting) – Morristown, NJ*

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Overview

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or liposculpture, is a plastic surgery procedure that involves restoring lost volume in the face or other areas. The patient’s own fat is taken from the abdomen, thighs, or other areas and then added back to treat sunken cheeks, facial lines, acne scars, and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, sun damage, and other conditions. Many women and men in northern New Jersey looking for the best options in advanced skin care come to The Peer Group Plastic Surgery in Florham Park for fat transfer treatments, where our board-certified plastic surgeons have performed many liposculpture procedures.

Surgical Technique

During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss what donor sites will be most suitable and desirable for fat removal. During surgery, fat is removed from the donor site using a cannula. The tissue will then be purified so that only the healthy fat tissue remains for transplantation. The fat will be placed in a syringe and injected  into the recipient site. The surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where needed to create a satisfactory, smooth shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.

During/After Surgery

A fat transfer is usually an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases, especially where larger injection areas are concerned, general anesthesia will be used. For smaller areas, such as the lips, the surgeon may use a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the fat removal areas, as well as the injection sites may be swollen and red. This will subside in a short while. This procedure continues to be popular among patients because it offers little risk and little downtime, while delivering great results.

Fat Transfer FAQs

Long-Lasting Results?

When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a fat transfer can result in an enhanced appearance that can last for years. While some of the fat will be reabsorbed back into the body, a skilled fat transfer expert will understand the proper mechanism behind creating a result that will last. There are new modern techniques available to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Plasma Rich Plasma is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival. This is a therapy that is still being studied.

One-Time Surgery?

A fat transfer typically results in long-lasting fullness. However, because a portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed into the body over time, some of the results may diminish. The good news is that this is a procedure that can be performed again very easily, resulting in additional body contouring and enhancement

Alternative Procedures?

While fat transfers produce great results for many patients, there are other alternatives that some may consider. Luckily, the market for injectables is wide and diverse. An injection, such as BOTOX®, may produce the results some patient’s desire — especially where wrinkle correction is concerned. For patients desiring volume, there are multiple  filler products that offer many different choices and options. Some fillers, including collagen and hyaluronic acid, offer temporary outcomes, lasting anywhere from 3 months to two years, while fillers like PMMA, can offer even longer lasting results.

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1-2 Hours
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