With age comes the loss of volume, which causes wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin. While there are many options available to men and women who wish to address these signs of aging, many procedures require the use of implants or synthetic fillers. Fat transfer is a procedure that can restore lost volume to areas like the face, breasts, and buttocks to give you the youthful, natural-looking contours you desire.
What Is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer uses your own fat harvested from one part of your body and injected into another region that is lacking in volume. The fat is removed using VASER® liposuction, which utilizes ultrasound to break up the fat deposits and a thin tube attached to a suctioning device. This process allows for more viable fat cells to be harvested. Once the fat has been collected, it is put through a purification process to eliminate oils and other impurities. The fat is then injected into the treatment site. Fat transfer can be performed to augment the buttocks or breasts or to add volume to the face.
What Are the Benefits of Fat Transfer?
The most significant benefit of fat transfer is that it accomplishes two goals in one procedure. It removes fat from a problem area where there is excess, while also adding volume where it is lacking. There is also no risk of having an allergic reaction because the procedure uses your own fat instead of an implant or synthetic fillers.
Are There Alternatives to Fat Transfer?
There are a few alternatives to fat transfer, depending on the area of the body you wish to treat and the amount of excess fat you have in the donor sites.
If you desire more than a modest increase in breast size or do not have enough donor fat, breast augmentation with implants may be a better option for you. Silicone or saline implants can be used according to your preferences, and Dr. Hotchandani’s recommendations.
Facial volume can also be restored using dermal fillers. At Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer products from the JUVÉDERM® family of products. JUVÉDERM® fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance produced by the body that gives the skin its youthful plumpness.
Those who do not have large enough fat deposits for transfer to the buttocks may wish to consider treatment with EMSCULPT®, which uses electromagnetic energy to induce supramaximal muscle contractions. These types of contractions are not possible with traditional exercises and help to restructure and increase the size of the gluteal muscles (buttocks).
If you are interested in learning more about fat transfer or other procedures, contact Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery today by calling our Green Bay office at (920) 497-9996, our Appleton office at (920) 738-6666, or by completing our online contact form.