Add Volume Naturally

A fat transfer, also called autologous fat grafting, is simply taking fatty tissue from one area of the body and using it to add volume to another. In facial plastic surgery, common areas for fat transfers include tear duct and temple hollows, lips, cheeks, and chin. Patients who wish to avoid synthetic material in their bodies often prefer this method to man-made fillers. Since a fat transfer uses your own tissue, you are significantly less likely to experience an adverse reaction. Dr. Elizabeth Chance at C+ Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Charlottesville, Virginia, routinely performs fat transfers in tandem with other facial contouring procedures. 

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How Does A Fat Transfer Work?

Fat transfer to the face is a procedure designed to restore volume and rejuvenate the appearance of the face with your own body’s tissue in the most organic way. First, fat is harvested through liposuction from donor sites on the body with high stem cell quantity, commonly the abdomen, thighs, or hips. Once harvested, the collected fat is processed in a PureGraft closed system to remove impurities, excess fluids, and damaged cells. This purification step helps ensure that only healthy fat cells are used for grafting. The purified fat is then carefully injected into specific areas of the face that have lost volume or developed wrinkles over time. This is typically done using small cannulas and the fat is strategically distributed to achieve natural-looking results.

This is where the artistry of Dr Chance’s method comes into play. With Dr. Chance's meticulous understanding of facial anatomy and precise surgical skills, patients can expect superior outcomes and minimized risks. Fat transfer to the face offers several advantages, including long-lasting results, minimal risk of allergic reactions or rejection, and the added benefit of body contouring through liposuction. By utilizing the patient's own natural tissue, this procedure can provide subtle yet significant improvements in facial appearance, leading to a more youthful and refreshed look.

Is A Fat Transfer Right For Me?

To answer this question, a consultation with Dr. Chance is necessary. During an hour-long session, Dr. Chance will listen with empathy and patience as you share your aesthetic goals and insecurities. She will explain how fat grafting works and answer any questions you have. If fat grafting is an option for you, Dr. Chance will ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Why Would One Seek A Fat Transfer?

One might seek a fat transfer procedure for its unparalleled ability to achieve natural and long-lasting facial rejuvenation. Unlike synthetic fillers, which offer temporary results, fat transfer utilizes the body's own tissue, resulting in a harmonious integration and sustainable enhancement. This method not only restores lost volume and contours but also rejuvenates the skin's texture and quality through the regenerative properties of adipose tissue. By choosing fat transfer, individuals can attain improved facial contours combined with confidence, through a safe and effective treatment to restore needed volume.

    What Is Recovery Like After a Fat Transfer?

    Dr. Chance and the all-woman staff at C+ Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics pride themselves on making recovery from cosmetic procedures smooth and stress-free. Dr. Chance champions meticulous post-operative care, and is personally committed to overseeing the recovery of each patient. For most, swelling and bruising are expected. Since fat transfers typically occur as part of more comprehensive surgical procedures, recovery time will vary from patient to patient.

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    What Results Can I Expect After Fat Transfer?

    With Dr. Chance, you can expect to have a youthful, contoured look without looking puffy or overdone. Fat transfers, unlike synthetic fillers, are permanent, though you may require a touch-up to achieve your desired level of fullness. Dr. Chance hears many patients express hesitancy about injectable fillers, because they fear a swollen or unnatural look. This is an experienced facial specialist is key; only a physician with specialized training and a second-nature knowledge of facial anatomy can discern proper placement and how much tissue to use for a beautiful and natural result.

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    Woman-Led & Patient-Forward Care

    Dr. Chance founded C+ Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Charlottesville, Virginia, to provide elevated, compassionate, and modern anti-aging care. She is an expert in facial surgical procedures, having literally spent thousands of hours dissecting and reconstructing faces between her private practice and her rigorous training. Dr. Chance leads an all-woman team who understands what aging is like for today’s woman. Pressure from society and the cosmetic industry can be overwhelming and cause people to rush into expensive procedures that make them look plastic and overdone. At C+ Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic, Dr. Chance and her staff only have your best interests in mind. You can expect to feel supported and well-cared for every step of the way. Call us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chance today. 

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