Price Range: per area (under Local Anesthesia) $1000-$1800
Fat transfer is the injection of fat to various areas of the body and face. The fat is used to restore volume and balance to a particular area. In the face, the areas that are typically augmented are the cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette folds, temples, jaw line and tear troughs areas. This is often done in conjunction with some type of facelift but can be performed alone.
Fat grafting requires removing fat from one area of the body and placing it in another area of the body. The intention is that the fat will take as a graft and live thereby promoting long term results. Techniques for fat graft harvesting can be through a gentle hand harvesting or suction method. Typical donor sites are the abdomen and hips but other areas such as the outer, inner and anterior thighs, back and arms can be used. Once the fat is harvested, the fat graft is then placed into the desired area using blunt cannulas. The fat is placed using multiple tunnels in minute amounts of fat with each pass of the cannula. By using this technique, the fat graft has a much higher blood supply so that survival is improved and the results are smoother. Various amounts of fat are used to augment the area depending on the overall anticipated result.
Despite the fact that fat transfer has been around for decades, it has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Harvest processing and transfer techniques continue to improve making the reliability of the “take of the fat grafts” more predictable. Still fat grafting may need to be repeated more than once to achieve the desired results. Finally the indications for fat grafting are expanding to new horizons such as buttock and breast enlargement.