Autologous fat grafting is a technique that can augment soft tissue to reduce the appearance of scars or age-related imperfections. Also known as micro lipoinjection, this procedure requires liposuction and then an injection of your own body fat.
Indications for Fat Grafting
Plastic and reconstructive surgeons have utilized fat grafting for a variety of applications. The most common treatment application is soft tissue augmentation of the face, i.e. facial fat grafting. You might be a good candidate for fat grafting if you exhibit conditions such as the following:
- Laugh lines
- Facial creases
- Depressed facial scars
Your Fat Grafting Procedure with Dr. Morse
If Dr. Morse recommends fat grafting, he will explain the procedure in depth during your consultation and answer any questions you have. Surgery risks, costs and other important details will be discussed, so you have an adequate understanding of the procedure before you choose to proceed.
During the beginning of the procedure, fat is taken from your abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere on your body. Liposuction under local anesthesia removes a small amount of fat for later use. The fat is prepared and then injected beneath the skin, filling in sunken areas and improving the facial contour. After injection is complete, Dr. Morse may apply an adhesive bandage over the treated area(s).
What to Expect After Fat Grafting
Some amount of the transferred fat will be absorbed by your body, but it’s not possible to predict exactly how much. This may affect the longevity of your results. However, in some cases the injected fat remains for a very long time.
After fat grafting, you’ll see the results immediately. The treated areas may feel fuller than normal, but this will subside in a short time. It’s common to see some swelling, bruising and redness in the donor and recipient sites. Other possible side effects will vary, so ask Dr. Morse for more information regarding your individual case.To learn more about fat grafting, contact us for a personal consultation with Dr. Martin Morse.