Fat grafting has recently spiked in popularity – you may have heard the latest “it girls” and influencers talking about it online.
But what exactly is facial fat grafting? How does it work? Most importantly, would it be right for you? We take a deep dive and explain everything you need to know and help you connect with professionals that can pull it off.
What is Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting is the process by which fat is removed from one portion of the body via liposuction. It’s then liquefied and purified by a process of straining and spinning – this prepares it for reintegration into the body. Finally, the prepared fat is surgically added back into the body elsewhere – wherever you and your doctor determine is necessary.
Fat grafting is considered generally safe. Using fat as a permanent filler reduces the risk of allergic reaction and other adverse side effects because no one is allergic to their own fat. However, because fat can be reabsorbed into the body, a slight initial overfilling is common to account for absorption. Six months after the filling treatment, the fat that remains should last a lifetime.
Uses for Fat Grafting
Traditionally, fat grafting was used to fill out irregularities in the surface of the skin during procedures such as natural breast augmentation and Brazilian butt lifts. Now, as fat grafting popularity grows, more uses emerge.
Facial fat grafts are now a major player in the application of fat grafting. An alternative to more traditional facial implants, fat grafting comes with the added benefit of removing fat from less desirable locations. Skilled surgeons create a more natural facial profile, rebuild facial deformations, and repair tissue damage.
Facial fat grafting can also be used to augment the results of a facelift, which is becoming an increasingly popular technique used by plastic surgeons. According to a study in which 300 members of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons were polled, 85% of the surgeons polled used fat grafting during facelifts.
Fat from a patient’s own body results in a fuller, smoother, healthier appearance – especially beneficial when performing a facelift to improve cheeks that appear gaunt or sunken.
Post-traumatic Deformities and Burn Injuries
Utilizing fat grafting, surgeons can more effectively smooth and repair scars, burns, or other deformities as a result of traumatic events. Cases of subcutaneous fat being removed, treated, and used to fill deep wounds date back to 2012, with excellent results.
A fat graft to repair remnants of traumatic injury can help a patient reclaim their life and self-esteem.
Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction
Breast augmentation is a well-known use for fat grafting, but doctors didn’t stop there.
After mastectomies, radiation, or other breast cancer treatment methods, breast reconstruction is sometimes necessary. Fat grafting is an effective long-term and safe option for breast cancer patients – it creates a more natural feel and appearance, matching the unaltered breast better than a standard silicone implant.
Fat Grafting Services From Dr. Binder
Dr. Binder provides personalized fat-grafting services in a state-of-the-art office, located conveniently in beautiful Beverly Hills.
With 30 years of experience, multiple patents, and over 70 academic articles to his credit, Dr. William Binder is always at the forefront of facial plastic and reconstructive innovation. Using tools like facial fat grafting, Dr. Binder sets the bar and revolutionizes the modern field of facial contouring. While many surgeons now employ his methods, nothing beats the original.
If you require fat grafting services or would like more information, contact Dr. Binder’s office today – our friendly staff is more than happy to assist you!