Fat grafting has become a favorite tool in the battle against aging. While body fat is generally considered a bad thing, it is actually very important in maintaining a youthful appearance in many parts of your body. Fat in the face keeps your appearance full and youthful and your skin tight. As you age this fat breaks down and your face begins to look hollow and gaunt.
By using fat grafting, we are able to take fat from other parts of your body and place it in your face or into places on the body that simply need more volume or shape. Some of the most popular fat grafting procedures, in fact, include restoring volume to the hands, to hide the tendons and veins which are more apparent as we age. Another popular application is the repair of unsightly undereye bags and tears troughs, reversing the effects of time. Fat can also be grafted into the breasts for augmentation or to treat unevenness, restore fat from breasts after reconstruction, and even to add roundness and lift to the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift).
The advantage of using fat over a synthetic facial filler is that the results can be permanent. Many patients like the idea of having a natural filler, your own fat, rather than a synthetic material. These reasons make fat grafting a popular procedure for treating the effects of aging. The harvesting of fat from other parts of your body requires liposuction, so it is very common to combine liposculpture with fat grafting.
Traditional plastic surgery carries risks with it—even with the most skilled, experienced surgeon. That’s because most plastic surgeries require incisions, anesthesia, and healing time. While fat grafting still comes with some of these risks, it minimizes many of these factors and offers a number of benefits you can’t get any other way.
For example, unlike surgeries that use implants, fat grafting uses a natural material—your body’s own fat. This means a totally natural-looking and feeling result that grows with your body and face as you change. If you gain a little weight or gravity shifts things around, your fat grafting results will still look 100 percent natural and beautiful. This also makes your recovery time a little easier, since there’s less to adjust to and you don’t have the same size incisions to cope with.
Because this procedure takes years of experience to perfect, Changes is one of only a handful of practices in San Diego to offer fat grafting to the face, hands, breasts, and buttocks. Dr. Lee has refined this technique to provide excellent and natural-looking results.
Sometimes the best aesthetic technologies combine next-generation techniques and natural products—even your body’s own excess fat. Sculpt your body by removing excess fat and use that fat to your own advantage with the help of Dr. Lee here at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa.