Fat Transfer is one of the best things ever invented in plastic surgery.
The concept is simple: A surgeon takes fat from an area of the body where you have too much of it – often around your abdomen or thighs – and transfers it to another place that needs it. How cool is that?
Liposuction: The Premier Fat Transfer Technology
Fat Transfer is made possible by the advancements in liposuction technology over recent decades. It used to be more difficult to preserve the fat removed by liposuction, but with today’s devices it isn’t difficult at all. The fat is removed via a tiny cannula inserted under the skin, and then is preserved in a closed system until ready to be used as a filler.
It’s important to note that procedures like CoolSculpting cannot do what various liposuction methods can accomplish. With liposuction, the fat physically leaves the body. With CoolSculpting, the fat does not actually leave the body. Rather, it is only slowly eliminated over the ensuing months (it is also debatable how much in fact can be eliminated at all).
This is an important distinction between liposuction and fat freezing. If you want your fat transferred elsewhere, only liposuction can deliver.
So What Can You Do With the Harvested Fat?
Typically the fat suctioned off during liposuction is simply discarded. You could also take it home in a jar – yes, ewwww. No none has ever taken us up on that:).
But here is the thing: Rather than discarding it, you can use the fat as a natural filler, which is our topic today.
Fat can be used as a filler in various areas. One such area is a woman’s breasts. If you are generally happy with the shape of your breasts but would prefer a little more volume, fat transfer could be the perfect solution for you. Not only will your breasts gain volume, they will stand out even more in contrast to your newly contoured and slimmer waistline.
Fat Transfer for Breast
Essentially, fat transfer to your breasts acts in a similar way as implants would. Instead of boosting the volume with implants, you can boost the volume with your own fat.
The benefits? Well, for one, implants cost money. Your fat is absolutely free. It’s also entirely natural. For those who don’t like the idea of a foreign substance in their bodies, this is attractive. It’s not that implants are bad for you. They have been tested extensively and are extremely safe. But some women just don’t like the idea of an artificial “substance” in their body. If that’s you, then fat transfer is a good option.
Fat Transfer as Facial Filler
Facial injectables have enjoyed a tremendous boom in recent years. Practically everyone is getting Botox injections to rejuvenate their face, and fillers such as Juvederm are also gaining traction.
With a facial filler, you can reverse the signs of aging, particularly around the mouth and lips. As we get older, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag. Lines that deepen with age begin to emerge between nose and mouth – you may have heard of nasolabial creases and marionette lines. By filling in these lines, or plumping up your cheeks or lips, your face instantly looks younger and fresher.
For your filler material, you basically have two options: an artificial filler such as Juvederm, Volbella, Voluma, etc, or your own fat via fat transfer.
Which one is better, you might ask?
Pros and Cons of Fillers
Pros: Fillers can be dosed in very small amounts and are great for contouring around the eyes, mouth and lips. They are completely non-invasive and have a quick recovery time.
Cons: They are more expensive, especially when you need more volume. They may cause some swelling and bruising. And lastly, they will be gradually absorbed by the face and essentially disappear (they typically last up to 9 months).
Pros and Cons of Fat Transfer
Pros: If you need a lot of volume, fat is the best. It’s easily harvested from other areas like abdomen or thighs with essentially unlimited supply, and it’s also cheap. Also, the transferred fat cells will last a long time, as they are not absorbed like an artificial filler.
Cons: Fat transfer can cause some bruising and swelling that may last longer than after a filler injection. The liposuction itself may require an anesthetic, whereas fillers are injected without them. And lastly, the fine lines around the mouths are harder to fill with fat transfer.
What you choose in the end depends on your personal circumstance: Do you have a lot of volume you’d like to replace in your face to fill out sunken cheeks, for instance? Then fat transfer may be your best option. Do you want to plump up your lips or fill in nasolabial folds? Juvederm might be better suited.
Either way, it’s undisputed that more women and men rely on fillers to rejuvenate their face. If you’re unsure what’s best for you, contact NuBody Concepts to learn more.