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. 

How Does A Fat Transfer Work?

The first step in a fat transfer is to remove fat from an area with excess fatty tissue via liposuction. The thighs, buttocks, or abdomen are common areas where extra fat can be extracted. 

Next, the fat is cleaned using a specialized purification machine that filters out blood, oil, and unwanted fluids from the tissue. Once the tissue is sterilized and ready for transfer, Dr. Chance uses a syringe to insert small quantities in specific locations. While this may seem slight, only a skilled facial specialist like Dr. Chance can discern how much fat to use and where to place it for natural-looking results. 

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?

Fat transfers are appropriate for most patients, and are commonly performed on those who: 

  • Desire plumper lips or cheeks without synthetic fillers
  • Have lost facial volume due to aging 
  • Have tear duct or temple hollows
  • Are averse to synthetic substances
  • Do not want to use facial implants

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.

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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