There is some misinformation about fat grafting online and cropping up in casual conversations. Micro-fat grafting harvests a patient’s fat from areas with excess—such as the tummy, flanks, or thighs—and inserts it in specific areas to restore the lost volume to your face. It can be used to:
- Enhance your cheekbones or chin
- Shape and soften the bone around your eyes
- Raise your eyebrows
- Shape your nose
- Fill nasolabial folds
- Restore fullness to your lips
- Correct scars
- Rejuvenate your skin
Those are facts, but the following is fiction:
Fat Can be Grafted from a Donor
No, it cannot. Your fat is unique to your body. The introduction of anyone else’s fat will be rejected by your body immediately—even if that fat was sourced from someone in your family or someone with your same blood type. You cannot use a fat tissue donor.
Fat Grafting Causes Lumps
Not true. Micro-fat grafting and relocation will add volume to your injected area, but not a lumpy volume. A skilled and qualified surgeon who knows how to blend the injection site with the surrounding area to give you smooth and amazing-looking final results.
Fat Grafting Makes You Look…Fat
Again. Not true. It’s possible the people who say that are taking the name of the procedure a little too literally. Your surgeon knows you want to add subtle volume to your face, which will restore some of the healthy glow that you may have lost with age. Before your procedure, your physician will consult with you to discuss your goals and desired look.
Fat Grafting Doesn’t Last Very Long
Actually, if the procedure goes well, the results should last indefinitely. Yes, it’s true that if the fat cells are not transferred properly, they can die and the procedure will have a fleeting effect. The fat cells need to survive the crucial first 48 hours after the transfer. This way they will establish their own blood supply and you can enjoy the effects of the procedure over the long term. A skilled surgeon knows how to graft and transfer the cells properly to ensure survival.
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