Dr. Greg Gaines performs fat grafting at our Gainesville, FL, practice to improve facial wrinkles, enhance volume, and provide more youthful contours. By extracting fat from a patient’s own tissue, he can provides a cosmetic enhancement that minimizes the possibility of allergic reaction and achieves long-lasting results. The minimally invasive procedure appeals to many patients with age-related concerns and those who have seen the shape of their faces change over time.
An Introduction to Fat Grafting
As they age, patients may notice a loss of fat in the areas around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline, and a buildup of extra fat in the in the lower face and neck. This can cause the overall facial shape to change and also result in a sunken or hollow appearance.
What is fat grafting?
Fat grafting, or fat transfer, involves the harvesting of excess tissue which is cleansed and injected into the face, returning a fuller, rounder look to the patient’s face. Dr. Gaines can perform fat grafting to refine and augment individual features or for a more comprehensive enhancement, achieving comparable results to a facelift.
Candidates for Fat Grafting
Candidates who wish to undergo a fat grafting procedure should be in generally good health. Patients should quit smoking at least six weeks prior to their procedure, as it can inhibit the healing process. All patients considering a fat transfer should have a thorough understanding of the treatment and realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.
The Fat Grafting Process
To begin the procedure, Dr. Gaines will perform liposuction using a small, hollow tube, called a cannula, to remove fat from the patient’s hips, thighs, lower back, or another area. The doctor then processes the fat to remove impurities, and prepares it for injection by transferring it to small syringes. Then, he injects very small amounts of the tissue into the areas of the patient’s face that appear wrinkled or sunken. He will precisely apply multiple injections to achieve the most proportionate, natural-looking results.
What are the benefits of a fat transfer?
Patients choose fat grafting over other treatments for several reasons. First, the minimally invasive procedure requires no incisions on the face. This results in less discomfort and potential for scarring than other procedures, such as a facelift. Since the grafted fat is taken from the patient’s own body, it has an extremely low chance of causing an allergic reaction, and the doctor can use more of the natural fat than he can of other fillers. The minimally invasive procedure requires no incisions, fat grafting results in less discomfort and potential for scarring in the treatment area.
The most exciting benefit of fat grafting, however, involves the permanence of the results. Many of Dr. Gaines’ patients have reported continued satisfaction with the results of their fat grafting procedure over eight years later, without the need for touch-ups.