How long will the results of fat grafting last?
Most patients enjoy an enhanced, more youthful look for years after the procedure. As every patient has a unique physiology and a body that responds differently to the new fat cells, the length of time before retreatment is needed will vary person to person. In most cases, the improved look will last for years, with the new fat cells becoming healthy and normal in the new location on the face.
What part of the body will the fat cells be taken from?
Most patients will have fat cells harvested from a body area with an excess of fat, typically buttocks or thighs. The fat is extracted with a specialized liposuction system that limits damage to the cells, so they can be transferred to the face to fill in laugh lines, hollows under the eyes, add volume to cheeks, or enhance another area of the face that has lost volume.
How long will facial fat grafting take to complete?
While the length of the appointment can vary based upon the number of facial areas to be treated, facial fat transfer typically requires only one hour to complete.
What percentage of the transferred fat cells survive?
The percentage of transferred cells that survive can vary person to person, but their survival, in large part, is based upon the delicacy with which the procedure is performed. Dr. Kevin Brenner uses the most advanced medical equipment and technology to achieve a higher rate of survival.
Is facial fat grafting painful?
Most of our patients have some concerns about pain. Thankfully, facial fat grafting is performed with local anesthesia, so the procedure is comfortable to experience. Any pain remaining at the injection site or where the fat was harvested can be managed in the early stages with prescription pain medication, which is not usually needed for more than a few days.