Micro Fat Transplants
Micro fat transplants, also called fat transfers and fat grafting, at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery can be used in place of a dermal filler to correct deep facial furrows, plump up the lips, and fill wrinkles and depressions on the face and other areas of the body. Our plastic surgeons use fat grafting to help patients from Decatur and Champaign, Illinois; Terre Haute, Indiana; and surrounding communities restore lost volume in the face and correct other facial or body deformities using the patient’s own excess body fat.
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- Personalized surgical plans
- Honest and comprehensive consultations
- Reduced downtime and comfortable recovery
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Micro fat transfers in St. Louis are a natural method of facial and body contouring that provides added volume to areas that are sunken or hollow. This approach involves harvesting and purifying the unwanted fat cells from the body (usually from the hips or stomach) and then injecting them into specific regions that appear deflated, such as the cheeks, under eyes, or jawline. Fat transfers are minimally invasive and benefit from a long-lasting result when compared to temporary fillers that must be re-injected yearly.
Some people prefer the ease and convenience of manufactured injectable fillers to fill in wrinkles and plump the skin. Laser skin resurfacing is another option for people who also want to improve their skin quality.
This is an in-office procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will use a syringe to withdraw small amounts of unwanted fat from specific areas of your body. The fat is separated in a centrifuge and prepared for reinjection under the skin in tiny droplets, layer-by-layer to ensure a smooth, even contour. Some people may require more than 1 treatment to achieve their aesthetic goals.
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Recovery time varies, but typically swelling persists for anywhere between a few days to a couple of weeks. Areas such as the lips typically swell for longer periods of time than the cheeks or frown lines. These symptoms generally dissipate quickly and many of our patients resume work shortly after treatment.
St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery has a high success rate for most fat transfers. Although not all fat cells will survive after injection, many do – providing you with long-lasting improvements. Most people experience fuller, smoother, more youthful-looking contours. Complete results usually appear after several weeks.Back to Top