This is one of Dr Camp’s favorite procedures, as it corrects many problems and is completely natural, using the patient’s own tissues. Fat grafting is most often used to restore deflated areas of the face. The additional benefit is that fat graft material includes stem cells that regenerate surrounding tissues, reversing some of the damage caused by age and radiation. Details of his personal philosophy regarding facial restoration can be found in Dr Camp’s facial rejuvenation document.
About Fat Transfer
Fat grafting is performed with the patient asleep under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist. Using liposuction, fat is carefully harvested, ensuring a sufficient quantity of healthy and viable fat cells. Many patients choose to have areas of the body or face sculpted at this time such as the hips, thighs, or under the chin. After the harvested fat is prepared, it is injected into the areas being enhanced. While not all of the fat is able to establish a blood supply and survive in its new location, the fat that remains after 3 months is likely to be long lasting.
What to Expect During Recovery
After fat transfer, experiences vary between patients. Typically, areas where fat was harvested and areas where it was placed will be sore, swollen, and bruised. A standard compression garment will need to be worn on areas where fat was harvested for 4 to 6 weeks. Expect drainage for several days.
Return to Work
Patients typically may return to work in a few days, but should postpone strenuous exercise for several weeks.
Other Things to Know
- Because the patient’s own fat tissue is used, there is no risk of allergic reaction with fat grafting.
- It may be necessary to return for follow-up treatments if fat does not take evenly or if additional fullness is desired.