It’s not unusual for some areas of the body to contain more than the usual amount of fat while others do not contain enough. Reducing problem areas and increasing volume to hollow, sunken areas can be achieved through a fat transfer. A fat transfer removes fat from one area of the body and injects it into another, so it is perfectly safe. For best results, use a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Steven Carp, who serves patients from Canton, Cleveland Akron, Beachwood and Green, OH.
What is a Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer is a form of injection that removes fat from an individual’s body to enhance a different region of the body or face. The fat injected into the face or body is used instead of artificial dermal fillers to add youthful volume to the hands, neck, or face. This cosmetic procedure can reduce the appearance of small scars, plump thin facial lips, or smooth wrinkles on the face and neck.
Dr. Steven Carp at Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center has performed numerous fat transfers on patients with excellent results. A fat injection is a personalized cosmetic procedure determined by how a patient wants to look after the transfer. Dr. Carp discusses the procedure with patients to give details on its outcome and safety. A fat injection requires experienced sculpting skill to create an optimal aesthetic appearance.
What Can Fat Injections Accomplish?
Fat injections can accomplish a number of things, including the following:
- Restoring natural contours during breast reconstruction
- Correcting depressions caused by surgery or injury
- Minimizing furrows, wrinkles, and lines
- Improving sagging and sunken cheeks
- Restoring lost volume in the hands, face, and neck
- Leveling depressed scars on the face and body
- Creating fuller facial lips
What Happens During a Fat Transfer/Fat Injection Procedure?
Fat injections or transfers require one to three hours, depending on the number of areas treated. Most of these treatments are outpatient procedures performed under general anesthesia, with a few types requiring sedation and local anesthesia instead. For all procedures, Dr. Carp recommends not driving or performing strenuous activities after treatment.
During a transfer procedure, a small cannula is used to suction fat from areas such as the buttocks, thighs or abdomen. This extracted fat is injected immediately with a specialized cannula into the area of the face or body that patients have chosen for treatment. Before this procedure, Dr. Carp examines patients thoroughly to discuss the best areas for fat removal and injection.
What Can You Expect After Fat Injections?
After a fat injection procedure, most patients have swelling, soreness, and bruising for a period of two to four weeks. Patients may need to wear bandages for a short amount of time, but can usually apply makeup and return to work the next day. However, no strenuous exercise is advised for a few days.
How Long Do the Results of Fat Injections Last?
The results of fat injections are long-lasting but shouldn’t be expected to last forever. The results depend on other factors such as the location of the procedure. Some of the injected fat is reabsorbed into the patient’s body, so multiple treatments might be needed to achieve a desired outcome.
Is Fat Injection Right for You?
At Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center, patients can choose from a variety of treatments to replace lost volume and reduce wrinkles and lines. Dr. Carp can offer advice concerning the best procedures for each patient. Fat injections are beneficial because there is no chance of having an allergic reaction. The most important thing for our team is answering a patient’s questions so that he or she feels comfortable with the chosen procedure.
What is the Cost of Fat Transfer and Injections?
The cost of fat injections or transfers varies, depending on the extent of cosmetic treatment necessary to achieve the best results. At Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center, we accept credit cards, checks, and cash as payment. Patients interested in financing can contact our office personnel about the application process.
A fat transfer can help you eliminate two problems in a single procedure, and is ideal for anyone who wishes to avoid artificial fillers. Those in the Canton, Cleveland or Akron areas who want to know more should contact Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green or Beachwood, OH.