Your Fat Grafting 411

FatGraftingWhen we age, we lose a form of tissue called subcutaneous tissue, leading to the loss of our skin’s volume and firmness. Fat grafts are gaining popularity because they’re the perfect filler—fat grafts can restore volume and smooth out the skin with results that are comparable to the best fillers and injectables. Want to know if fat grafting is right for you? Here’s the 411 on fat grafting.

What’s the difference between a fat graft and a fat transfer?

They’re the same thing!

How Do They Work?

First, fat is harvested via cannula from parts of your body that have a little extra fat, like the thighs, buttocks, or the stomach. The extraction is then purified to get the most viable fat samples—basically, the fat that’s most likely to stay in the body. The rest of the fat will be frozen and put aside for future touch-ups and procedures. The fat will then be injected into the target area. One common use for fat grafts is to create volume and lift in facial skin. Here are different techniques used for facial fat transfers:

  • Fat Grafts to Nasolabial Folds or Melolabial Folds (Portion from face to lip)
  • Fat Grafts to Glabellar Lines (Portion of the lower eyelid to cheek)
  • Fat Grafts to Lips
  • Fat Grafts to Eyelids
  • Fat Grafts to Cheeks

Why Get One?

Since fat grafts are from your body, there’s very little risk of infection, an allergic reaction, or rejection by your body. They also tend to look more natural and last longer than implants.

What’s the PureGraft™ 250/PRO system?

The PureGraft™ system is one of the newest innovations in liposuction technology. It’s a technique used by Dr. Slupchynskyj that uses a fat purification method that’s superior to common centrifugal methods. The PureGraft™ system removes unwanted impurities, excess fluid, and cellular debris for the most viable, concentrated, purest fat grafts, leading to longer lasting results. Compared to typical fat transfer methods, the dialysis method removes a more purified and larger volume of donor fat in a shorter time.

Risks

  • Because they’re a natural part of your body, some of your fat graft might be re-absorbed by your body.
  • Sometimes the absorption happens so fast that another transfer is needed.
  • Small blood vessel ruptures are another side effect.

The talent and expertise of your surgeon will determine how long-lasting and effective your fat transfer is. Luckily, Dr. Slupchynskyj is one of the leading innovators of the fat transfer procedure. If you want a consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj on the benefits of the fat transfer, then contact the Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey.