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 on its own can be performed under local anesthesia in the procedure room at an accredited surgery center. Using liposuction, a small amount of fat is carefully harvested (typically from the abdomen) ensuring a sufficient quantity of healthy and viable fat cells. 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.
Some patients prefer to combine facial fat grafting with other procedures, such as a facelift or liposuction of an entire area of the body. When combined with a facelift or substantial amount of liposuction, this procedure would then be performed under general anesthesia at an accredited outpatient surgery center.
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.