Fat Grafting (aka “Fat Transfer”)

Also known as fat transfer, fat grafting has become a well-established technique used by plastic surgeons today. Fat transfer is a technique whereby excess fat cells are harvested from one area of the body and transplanted to another area that requires more fat volume. Fat cells are also rich in tissue growth factors and stem cell derivatives that rejuvenate surrounding tissues.

When you’re ready to learn more about this incredible procedure, we’re here to help! We’re proudly serving the Mount Airy and Frederick regions of Maryland, and beyond, so don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation today.

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How Can Fat Transfer Help Me?

Cosmetic applications for fat transfer commonly include treatment of facial folds and areas of volume loss. This helps us address issues like lost volume, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of mild to moderate facial aging.

The applications are ever-expanding as we learn more about the tremendous healing potential of fat cells, and fat transfer can also help with:

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Hand rejuvenation
  • Lip enhancement
  • Breast augmentation
  • Scar treatment
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Trauma reconstruction

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Your Fat Transfer Procedure

In my practice, great care is taken to ensure the viability of the fat cells throughout the transfer process. Fat harvesting for transfer is very different from the fat removal done with liposuction. During liposuction the fat cells are forcefully disrupted and removed, damaging the cells in the process. Typically this is done with high suction pressures to speed the removal process. During fat harvesting for transfer, however, the fat cells are removed using special non-traumatic cannulas specially designed to preserve the viability of the fat cells. Also, very low suction pressures are used to draw out the fat cells. This suction is generated by manual syringe suction.

Following removal, the fat cells are separated from the surrounding tissue fluids creating a pure concentrate.

The transplantation is performed using small transfer cannulas. Precision placement of fat cells in narrow rows in different tissue planes maximizes the potential survival of the fat cells. Typically survival rates of transplanted fat cells range from 50 to 75%.  The fat cells that don’t survive will simply be absorbed by the body.

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Loving Your New Results

Any recovery period or downtime that you experience after a fat transfer procedure will likely depend heavily upon the specifics of the treatment area. Since the incisions are very minimal, you won’t have much of a recovery process to worry about. You should be able to rejoin your normal routine within a week of this treatment, and Dr. Cappuccino will ensure that you’re given specific results that are tailored to your exact treatment. When you’re ready to learn more about how fat transfer can benefit you, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of Dr. Cappuccino’s team today!

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