What is Fat Transfer?
ach and every individual, without exception, is losing facial fat. Facial fat is one of the key elements that maintains a youthful, healthy, and vibrant appearance. This process starts becoming noticeable by the time we are in our mid-thirties and progressively continues with each year. This volume loss can occur anywhere on the face, most commonly around the eyes, cheeks, mouth and jawline. The end result of continued volume loss is aging changes that make your face that appears more gaunt, tired, and aged.
Using the regenerative stem cells of your own fat and transferring to your face is used to restore your youthful appearance. Dr. Edween processing technique creates microfat to restore volume and eliminate hollows and depressions, and nanofat to improve fine lines and skin quality. In addition to plump, natural-looking results, fat transfer eliminates the concern of an allergic or adverse reaction because it is not a foreign substance.
Am I a Good Candidate for Facial Fat Grafting?
You may be a good candidate for fat grafting if you are noticing signs of aging, including:
- Fine lines
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Sunken appearance under the eyes
- Thin lips
- Hollowing around eyes
- Temple hollowing
- Scar repair
- Correct contour irregularity and symmetry
Why Inject Fat?
Fat is gradually lost over time, it makes sense to restoring that volume loss back with your own fat. Because the fat is the patient’s own, there is no chance of an allergic reaction or rejection (as there can be with foreign substances like dermal fillers). Furthermore, injecting your own fat has the benefit in that it is nutrient rich with stem cells and cytokines that have been associated with long-term rejuvenation effects, such as skin clarity, improved skin tone, texture and even reduction in pore size.
How Long Does the Fat Last?
Once the healing process is complete and the fat grafts have established a new blood supply the results are permanent. This process can take several months to occur, and not all of that fat transplanted will establish a new blood supply. The general rule of thumb is that whatever you have by 2-3 months is a good indicator of fat grafts that are stabilizing.
What if I Want More Fat Injected?
Although rare, occasionally a touch up is needed or if more fat is required to get the desired result. In general, it takes about a year to see final enhanced results. This is thought to be due to the fact that once the blood supply is firmly established by 3-6 months; the fat begins to really thrive. By 1 to 1.5 years after the transfer, the final results are finally established. Patients always note that their results look better at 1 year than at the 3-month mark. However, each case is looked at individually, and in some cases, a touch up can be performed earlier.
What Makes our Practice Unique and Successful?
Dr. Edween understands the dimensional changes of an aging face, and injects the fat to develop facial contours that move naturally with dynamic movement. The art of placing fat demand skill and precision, Dr. Edween’s specialized processing technique produces high quality microfat and nanofat transfer which has a high level of success, low rate of complication and an extremely high level of
patient satisfaction. Patients travel from all over the world for to Beverly Hills for her microfat and nanofat expertise. Dr. Edween’s time tested technical skills and injection technique proves masterful results, maximizing fat survival and minimizing complications. Dr. Edween’s artistry and vast knowledge and experience with how standards of beauty differ culturally time enables her to bring forth the subtle contours that meet the individual culture’s ideals of beauty.
What is the Recovery Like?
Swelling and occasional bruising are the basic characteristics of the healing phase. The swelling is the worse on days 2-4 and then it begins to settle thereafter. Typically between 1-2 weeks the majority of the swelling and bruising has resolved and stabilizes out around 6-8 weeks. Most patients will take 4-5 days off work to recover.