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Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a procedure that takes fat from one area of the body and transplants it to another. The goal is to fill in a wrinkle, crease, or a depression caused by trauma, surgery, aging, or acne. It can also be used to enhance facial features, such as making the lips or cheeks fuller, or filling in the groove under the eyes. It is a popular alternative to other filler substances, such as collagen, Restylane, and Perlane. This procedure can be done at any age.

A gentle liposuction technique is used to obtain the fat from the donor site, usually the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat is immediately spun down to remove any excess fluid. The fat is re-implanted into the desired area through a small incision, using a tiny cannula (tube). The incision is barely noticeable after healing. This procedure is done in the office, under local anesthesia. Patients usually return to normal activities in 3-5 days, although swelling can last for several weeks.

Because the transplanted fat cells do not all survive, touch ups may be needed in a few months.

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