Fat Grafting FAQ
How does fat grafting work?
The fat grafting procedure is usually performed in multiple sessions under sedation or general anesthesia. It involves gentle body liposuction for fat harvesting, followed by careful transplantation to the face with an injection.
The reason fat grafting is often performed in multiple sessions is that not all fat tissue survives the fat transfer process. If, after your first facial fat grafting session, much of the transplanted fat has not survived, touch-up sessions may be necessary to achieve the results you desire.
Why use fat grafting?
Human fat is harvested from your own body. Using your own fat requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because you first must undergo liposuction to extract the fat prior to injection. However, you eliminate the risk of allergic reaction or rejection by the body by using your own fat. The results can also last longer than temporary fillers.
What happens after fat grafting?
After facial fat grafting, most patients experience temporary swelling and bruising to some degree. Within 1-2 weeks, most of these effects will be resolved. Swelling in areas where liposuction was performed may last several weeks, but will also subside in a short time.
During the first week of recovery, limit your activities and avoid touching or manipulating the treatment area(s). This will improve the survival rate of transplanted fat tissue and preserve your facial fat grafting results. Take medications as directed by the doctor and follow the specific aftercare instructions. After all sessions of fat grafting are complete, most patients experience facial fat grafting results that last anywhere from a several months to a few years.
Who performs fat grafting?
Dr. James (Jim) Lowe can perform fat grafting procedures. He is a board certified plastic surgeon.
Where is fat grafting performed?
Fat grafting surgery can be performed at Integris Baptist Medical Center, at a nearby outpatient surgical facility, or at the Associates Surgery Center, located near the doctors’ office.
Where will the fat cells be collected from?
The doctor will collect fat cells from an area of your body where you have a dense volume of fat cells. In most cases, this will not be enough fat to create a noticeable fat reduction. Common harvest sites include the thighs, abdomen and buttocks.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
To learn more about facial fat grafting in Oklahoma City with Dr. James Lowe at LOwe Plastic Surgery, please contact us by calling (405) 942-4300 or (877) 362-5693. You can also send us an email using our online contact form.