As the face matures over time, facial fat loss and volume depletion contribute to the appearance of the aging face. To restore lost facial volume and contour, fat transfer can be an excellent method to replenish volume lost with time, with the added benefit of improvement in skin texture and tone. Fat transfer is truly 100% natural and has been performed for more than a century for the correction of facial defects. Essentially, fat transfer is the process taking fat from one area of a patient's body where it is plentiful (for example, abdomen or thigh) and transferring it to an area of volume loss in the face or hands. Transferring a patient's own fat is an ideal volume source as there are no allergic reactions, it is readily available, it is relatively inexpensive, and can be used to treat a variety of conditions including facial fullness loss as well as aging of the hands, post-surgical defects, and post-traumatic defects.
Many areas of the face and body can be treated with fat transfer, but the most common sites Dr. Bassichis treats include: correction of "hollow" eyes and visible tear troughs, temple areas and temporal fat pads, cheeks, chin, jaw line, and other locations. Fat transfer is beneficial alone or in combination with other procedures to enhance the results of other cosmetic surgeries, such as facelifts. In those seeking a natural alternative for plumping facial wrinkles, fat transfer may be an excellent option. There is minimal swelling and rarely any bruising. With minimal anesthesia and incisions required for this procedure, Dallas fat transfer patients return to their normal routine shortly following the procedure. The results of fat transfer can last between 6 months to 10 years depending on your own individual metabolism. The injected fat does absorb over time and repeat injections may be necessary to maintain the desired fullness of the treated areas.