No one wants fat, but you need it to survive. Fat in your face is the secret to a smooth and youthful complexion. But as you get older, the fat in your face naturally declines along with collagen and bone density.
Do you have sunken under-eyes? Dropping cheeks? These are some of the first visible ways the face starts to age. If you’re bothered by this aging appearance, you might consider getting a fat transfer.
At the practice of Anthony N. Dardano, located in Boca Raton, Florida, we provide fat transfers to eliminate unwanted body fat and enhance your face.
What it is
You’ve probably heard of Botox® and dermal fillers before. But have you heard of fat transfer?
Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that involves a gentle liposuction procedure. As the name suggests, a fat transfer takes fat from one area of the body and injects it into another area. The area receiving the fat donor, usually the face, could aesthetically use an increase in volume.
One of the best parts of a fat transfer is that the results are often permanent – approximately 50% of the fat remains forever. Since the fat is taken from your body, you don’t have to worry about any adverse effects.
Where it comes from
Deciding where to take the fat from is best decided between you and Dr. Dardano. To undergo a fat transfer, you need to have a good amount of fat, so patients may not be good candidates.
Fat is most commonly taken from:
- Lower back
Once these fat cells are removed, they do not regenerate. Because of this, it’s best advised to remain at a healthy, stable weight. The face is the most common area to receive a fat transfer, but it’s not the only one.
Beautiful, natural results
While fillers contain a synthetic substance, fat transfer involves your living cells that adapt to their new placement for long-term results. The results offer a dramatic but naturally younger-looking you. This is an excellent option for those who want a more youthful appearance but aren’t ready for a more invasive facelift.
Fat transfers can be used in the face to:
- Fill in laugh and smile lines
- Lessen the appearance of crow’s feet
- Smooth away scars
- Restore sunken cheeks
- Get fuller lips
- Fill in under-eye bags
- Minimize forehead wrinkles
Procedures in the face generally take around 2-3 hours, whereas transferring the fat to other body parts can take five hours.
They can also be used to:
- Enhance your breast size
- Breast reconstruction
- Brazilian butt lift
- Hand rejuvenation
Unlike fillers and Botox, fat transfers do not need to be repeated to maintain results.
How it's done
When you come in for your consultation, Anthony N. Dardano goes over the whole procedure and discusses your goals. If you’re like most people, you probably have some places you’d like to eliminate fat. A fat transfer is a win-win procedure because it makes two body parts look better.
You’ll be administered a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable to start the procedure. Dr. Dardano makes an incision in the donor area and inserts a cannula connected to a syringe to draw the fat. Once enough is collected, the fat is spun on a centrifuge to separate the best fat cells for the procedure.
Next, the most viable fat cells are transferred, via a cannula or syringe, to the area you’re seeking more volume. Dr. Dardano generally does this through a series of insertions to best deposit the fatty tissue in a natural way. Once the procedure is completed, Dr. Dardano explains the after-care, and you can return home with a friend or family member.
You live a busy life and probably don’t want to hit the pause button on it for too long. Luckily, undergoing a fat transfer involves minimal downtime – you can expect to return to your everyday life in a few days, with full recovery taking about six weeks.
Learn more about what a fat transfer can do for you. Call 561-202-1248 to schedule your consultation or book online.