What is a Fat Transfer and Injection?
Fat transfer and injections, also called fat grafting, are similar to dermal fillers except they are performed using fat from the patient's own body. This offers a few advantages over dermal filler treatments. First, since the fat is harvested from the patient, there is no chance of the body reacting poorly to it. Second, the results can be truly natural and long-lasting. There are no artificial substances involved, and the fat doesn't become absorbed or broken down like many dermal fillers. This technique is ideal for adding volume to the face, but may not be quite as effective at eliminating deep wrinkles and folds as a dermal filler might be.
How is a Fat Transfer and Injection Administered?
The first step in fat grafting is collecting fat from the body. Fat is usually taken from areas such as the abdomen or the thighs, in a method similar to liposuction. After the fat is extracted, it is placed in a centrifuge, which is a machine that purifies the fat and prepares it for injection. Then, the fat is injected into the desired areas using an incredibly fine needle. Each injection is performed by Dr. Anh Vu, and is placed with the utmost precision and care. A few injections will be made into the patient's desired treatment area. Anesthesia is used to ensure that the patient experiences no discomfort while collecting fat or receiving injections.
What Can I Expect After My Fat Grafting Treatment?
Although results are visible from fat transfers instantly, patients may experience mild swelling for up to a week after treatment. After the swelling resides, the full results from your fat grafting treatment will be visible. Patients may need to abstain from strenuous activity following their procedure, but can expect to resume normal activities within a few days of treatment. The results from a fat transfer and injection can last for a few years or longer in some cases.
Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer and Injections?
If you are looking for a way to naturally increase volume in the face, you may be a good candidate for fat transfer and injections. If you think you are a good candidate, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anh Vu. During your consultation, Dr. Vu will review all possible treatments with you and help determine the best treatment option based on the results you hope to achieve. Fat transfer and injection treatments are considered cosmetic treatments, meaning that they aren't covered by insurance. However, we accept a variety of payment options and financing to make our services accessible to all of our patients.
Fat transfer and injections are a great way to achieve long-lasting volume in the face. If you would like to try this treatment or learn more about it, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from the St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Palm Coast, and Daytona Beach areas.