Fat Grafting in Troy

This surgery treats loss of volume of the face… and hands, too. Folds around the mouth may become more pronounced and the cheek can look flattened. Fat grafting in Troy can help restore some of the lost volume with the body’s own tissue. It is often done in conjunction with a facelift but can be a stand alone procedure. While this description describes fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, fat can be transplanted to other areas of the body as a corrective procedure (such as for contour irregularities after breast procedures or liposuction).

How It Is Done: How Fat Is Grafted

Fat grafting involves the harvest or removal of fat from one area (often the abdomen or lower extremities) by liposuction and transfer to another by injection. After the fat is harvested through a small, usually inconspicuous incision, it is prepared for injection by gravity or centrifugation. This process removes oils and serum and allows just the intact fat to be transferred. The fat is then placed into the areas of volume loss through tiny entrance sites. Some overcorrection is performed in anticipation of reabsorption of the fat. It is expected that only 30% of the fat will “take” and become vascularized and act like the other fat naturally found in the face.

Upside

As a filling material, there is often a plentiful supply of fat. What is transplanted and vascularized after absorption is expected to remain. While it does not prevent future volume loss, it may make the need for future “boxed” filler less. There is also little concern about reacting to this filling material since it is your own.

Downside

The amount of fat which takes after grafting is approximately 30%, so additional filling to maintain correction with “boxed” fillers may be needed.

Who Pays for This Surgery?

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to Expect

Length of Operation

1-2 hours as a standalone procedure.

Anesthesia Used

Local (if stand alone procedure) or general anesthesia (if combined with a facelift or other procedure).

In or Outpatient?

Outpatient, unless combined with a surgery requiring an overnight stay.

Time Until Final Appearance

3 to 4 months, depending on how swelling resolves.

Length of Results

Long-lasting, but varies from patient to patient.

Side Effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain commonly occur. There is usually more discomfort at the site of harvest than at the site of placement. Overfilling may be noticed initially which dissipates with time. Sensation of the face may be different initially.

Risks of Procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, temporary or permanent changes in facial movement, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

Learn More About Fat Grafting Surgery in Troy

Fat grafting can be combined with other facial or body surgeries, or performed on its own, to restore volume. If you are considering pursuing fat grafting in Troy, be sure to do so with an experienced, understanding surgeon. Dr. DeLuca-Pytell can help you determine whether this is the right surgery for your unique needs and goals- call today to learn more.

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