As a result of the aging process we slowly lose facial volume, creases become more visible and our faces actually change in shape. Depressions can result not just in our faces but in our bodies as well. Fat transfers utilize your own fat cells to enhance, contour and define facial features including the cheeks and jawline and also to help fill depressions and folds. It’s all natural, it’s long lasting and there’s almost no chance of an allergic reaction.
What is a fat transfer?
A fat transfer, also known as an autologous fat transfer, or fat graft, utilizes your own fat as a living graft by literally relocating it from one part of the body to another. First, fat is gently harvested utilizing the techniques of liposuction and then injected into areas where additional volume is desired.
Fat Transfers FAQs
Where can fat transfers be used?
Fat can be used to augment and “refill” many areas of the face and body including the cheeks, jawline, and other areas where additional volume is needed as a result of the aging process, surgery, trauma, or for other reasons. Fat transfers can be used in breast reconstruction and even for cosmetic breast enhancement. Dr. O’Connell commonly utilizes fat transfers during facelifts.
What is stem cell facelift and stem cell breast augmentation?
Many tissues contain stem cells and fat contains cells known as adipose-derived stem cells that can be transferred during fat grafting. Stem cell procedures seem to describe treatments or techniques that claim to concentrate or manipulate stem cells in some way. This is a controversial subject and a position paper issued jointly by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery from 2011 stated, “While stem cell therapies have the potential to be beneficial for a variety of medical applications, a substantial body of clinical data to assess plastic surgery applications still needs to be collected.” The paper also states that, “The marketing and promotion of stem cell procedures in aesthetic surgery is not adequately supported by clinical evidence at this time.”
What is a Vampire Facelift®?
A Vampire FaceLift® is a procedure protected by a registered trademark that utilizes hyaluronic acid fillers and platelet-rich plasma. The Aesthetic Center is pleased to offer facial procedures and hair stimulation with the Selphyl® Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) system of platelet rich plasma.