As skin ages, the tissues responsible for a youthful appearance, including fat tissue, start to break down and get reabsorbed. As the fatty tissue decreases, there is less volume support for the overlying skin, resulting in facial wrinkles, sagging, and hollows. Injectable fillers attempt to restore this deep tissue volume to correct the depressed areas of the face, such as the hollows under the eyes and over the cheek bones.
Micro-fat grafting works in a very similar manner to other injectable fillers, but since it is your own tissue, there is no chance of rejection or allergic reaction and it typically lasts much longer. This procedure uses the patient’s own fat cells, which are suctioned out of one location and then grafted to a different area by injecting them into the deep tissues. Transferring fat from one area of the body to and grafting it to another has been done for many years but with inconsistent success. Now newer techniques for harvesting the fat, preparing it and injecting it, have allowed much more effective and predictable results. Furthermore, by including stem cells within the fatty tissue that he transfers, Dr. Gupta is able to improve skin quality and health, and even reverse signs of sun damage or facial aging.
In the face, fat transfer provides an excellent filler material for treatment of the lips, nasolabial folds, cheeks, frown lines and crow’s feet. Larger volumes of fat can also be used to augment and enhance the buttocks, calves and breasts. The transferred fat is usually taken from the abdomen, thighs or back with a small liposuction cannula.
It is normal for the body to reabsorb some of the grafted fat tissue, but usually a significant portion is retained over the long term. The best, long-lasting cosmetic result may require multiple sessions of fat injections. Fat grafting can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures.
Dr. Gupta performs fat transfer grafting under local anesthesia in his office. The entire procedure usually takes only one hour. Excess fat is first removed from the abdomen, flanks or thighs, then carefully prepared to remove excess fluid and purify the fat cells to be transferred. This preparation process is also safe for the stem cells taken with the fat cells. Dr. Gupta then takes the purified fat and injects it into the desired locations with a small cannula.
Fat grafting is a revolutionary facial cosmetic procedure that can restore volume to the face features, and restore your youthful appearance. To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, call 858-621-6000 today.