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Is Fat the Perfect Filler?

It’s all natural and all yours. In recent years, autologous fat transfers have become a popular solution for men and women looking to remove fat from one area of their body and use it to improve the volume or appearance of another. The use of fat as a filler has become an option many patients are now looking into, but how effective is this option?

Fat as a Filler: A Quick History

A fat transfer is a surgical procedure by which excess fat is harvested from one part of the body and used to add volume to another. When it comes to facial fat transfers, also known as microlipoinjection, fat can be used to add volume to the lips and cheeks, and to fill out lines and wrinkles. While this procedure may sound new, it has been in the medical literature since 1903.

Part of the growing popularity of facial fat transfer is the opportunity it gives patients to add volume to their face without having to turn to synthetic, temporary injectables. Microlipoinjection is viewed by many as a more natural alternative because it uses the patient’s own fat cells to recontour the face.

Who is a Candidate?

As with traditional dermal fillers, almost any patient over the age of 18 can be a candidate for a fat transfer. Given the nature of the treatment, it is important that individuals have excess fat tissue in another part of their body that can be donated to their upcoming transfer treatment. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical health to ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure. Additionally, patients considering this treatment do not need to worry about allergic reactions because the harvested fat is their own.

What Are Some Considerations?

As with any other cosmetic procedure, there are pros and cons to facial and body fat transfer procedures. Understanding some of these considerations as well as doing enough research and talking to an experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Donofrio can ensure you have all the information necessary to make the right decision for your health and aesthetic goals.

Fat-Based Dermal Fillers Have Long-Term Potential

Due to the grafting process, not all the removed fat cells will survive the transfer process. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 50% of grafted fat cells survive. However, these surviving fat cells will always remain in place – they may shrink or expand but will always stay in place. In comparison, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and synthetic dermal fillers tend to dissipate after a period of time

Injecting Fat Fillers is a More Extensive Procedure

Compared to traditional injectables like Juvéderm® or Restylane®, the actual injected solution must be removed from the patient before the process can begin. During a facial fat transfer procedure, fat is harvested from another part of the body, refined, then re-injected into the target area. As not all the transferred fat cells survive the process, it can take several visits before patients achieve their ideal results.

Another important consideration is that while facial fat transfer may not appear to be especially invasive, the harvesting process requires some form of liposuction to collect the fat that will be grafted. As a result, it is important that patients set aside enough recovery time after the treatment.

Facial Fat Transfers are Highly Versatile

In addition to having zero chance of causing an allergic reaction, fat transfers have been successfully used to not only add volume but to smooth the appearance of wrinkles anywhere around the face. For patients nervous about BOTOX® or traditional dermal fillers, fat transfer presents a more natural alternative for restoring a youthful appearance.

Learn More by Scheduling Your Appointment Today

At Aria Dermspa, Dr. Lisa Donofrio and her team are proud to help Madison patients find the solution that best achieves their goals. Dr. Donofrio has been performing facial fat transfers for over 23 years and is considered one of the best in the world having performed 15,000 of these procedures. For individuals interested in facial fat transfers, we encourage you to call our office to schedule your consultation and learn if this treatment option is right for you. Call 203-421-6674 today to learn more!

 

Fat Grafting vs. Cosmetic Injectables

As you age, you may experience loss of facial volume, which can cause you to look older than you feel. Fortunately, there are a few options on the market that you can use to restore volume to your face. Two popular treatments available are fat grafting and cosmetic injectables. Read our infographic below to learn about the differences between the two cosmetic procedures.

If you’re looking to restore facial volume loss, contact us today.

Wisdom and Beauty: Facial Fat Transfer in New Haven County, CT

They say with age comes wisdom—but why does wisdom always seem to come at the expense of beauty?

At Aria DermSpa, we say it doesn’t have to.

As you get older, it’s natural for your face to begin to look “hollow”, especially under the eyes and in the cheeks. Typically, this hollowness gives way to deep wrinkles and unwanted facial folds—symptoms of the aging process that can be frustrating to say the least.

To combat these effects of aging, Aria DermSpa performs facial fat transfer procedures from the comfort of our office in Madison, Connecticut. The process involves refreshing your facial contours by collecting a small amount of fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the desired facial location. It replenishes your “hollow” areas and dramatically reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds using only your own natural body fat. There’s no need for outside chemicals or substances for you to achieve a taut and voluminous look!

Results from facial fat transfer procedures are known to last much longer than dermal filler treatments (although dermal fillers are another viable short-term option), and patients are usually completely healed after about a week. A series of treatments are recommended for best results.

Come see us today, we pride ourselves on helping women of the greater New Haven area rejuvenate their appearance and regain confidence in their everyday lives. Call us at 203.421.6674 to learn more about facial fat transfer, or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists.

Voluminous Beauty: Facial Fat Transfer in Madison, CT

Do you feel like your face has lost some of its youthful volume? As we get older, our faces can begin to look “hollow”, especially under our eyes and in our cheeks. Typically, this hollowness gives way to deep wrinkles and unwanted facial folds—symptoms of the aging process that can be immensely frustrating!

To combat these effects of aging, Aria DermSpa performs facial fat transfer procedures from the comfort of our Madison office. The process involves refreshing your facial contours by collecting a small amount of fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the desired facial location. It replenishes your “hollow” areas and dramatically reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds using only your own natural body fat. There’s no need for outside chemicals or substances for you to achieve a taut and voluminous look!

Results from facial fat transfer procedures are known to last much longer than dermal filler treatments, and patients are usually completely healed after about a week. A series of treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Here at Aria DermSpa, we pride ourselves on helping women of the greater New Haven area rejuvenate their appearance and regain confidence in their day to day lives. Call us today at 203.421.6674 to learn more about facial fat transfer, or to schedule a consultation.

Natural, Effortless Beauty Facial Fat Transfers in New Haven County, CT

Maybe we’re inspired by the plush green grass and trees, but lately we’re crazy about all things “green,” particularly recycling! A few weeks ago, we blogged about PRP treatments, which “recycle” platelet-rich plasma from your blood to rejuvenate skin and hair. In keeping with this theme, we’re thinking about another fabulous form of cosmetic “recycling”—facial fat transfer!

One of our surgical specialties, facial fat transfer uses unwanted fat from one area of the body to enhance the contours of the face. One of the things we love most about this treatment is its ability to improve two areas of the body at once, trimming unwanted fat from the belly, for example, while restoring lost volume to the cheeks. Another major benefit of fat transfer is that it uses your own body instead of synthetic substances, eliminating any chance for an adverse allergic reaction. Fat transfer also affords longer-lasting benefits than dermal fillers.

With over 15 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and more than 7,000 successful fat transfer procedures under our belt, we achieve beautiful results with fat transfers, a gentle and natural way to bring out your best.

Is enhancing your contours naturally right for you? Learn more by calling us for a consultation at 203.421.6674 or clicking here.

How Celebrities Get Their Glow Cutting-Edge Anti-Aging Treatments in Madison, CT

Would you bleed for better skin? Believe it or not, those were the words on Allure magazine’s cover earlier this year! They were referring to PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, one of the most innovative and exciting anti-aging treatments to enter the medical spa arena in recent years. We proudly offer PRP treatments at Aria DermSpa for both skin and hair revitalization.

Thanks to Kim Kardashian, PRP is rather famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective!). You might remember her shocking selfie featuring a closeup of her smiling face covered in PRP. While her picture was startling, PRP has been a trusted and well-established treatment among dentists for decades to help speed healing and decrease infections for dental implants. Injured athletes have also long benefited from PRP’s healing power.

At Aria DermSpa, we love PRP for rejuvenating both the skin and hair. It sounds complicated, but PRP is a fairly simple and straightforward treatment that takes less than an hour of your time. Once your blood is drawn, we isolate PRP from your blood using a centrifuge. PRP can then be applied to the skin either topically or through injection, stimulating collagen growth, restoring volume, and rejuvenating the face for radiant, younger-looking skin. We can also inject PRP into the scalp to help stimulate new hair growth for patients with thinning hair. One of the best things about PRP is that it’s entirely natural, so there’s no harsh side effects or downtime.

Ready to harness your body’s own healing power for age-defying radiance this summer? Call us today at 203.421.6674 or click here to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Look Full and Voluminous with Facial Fat Transfer in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa

As we get older, we will do almost anything to try and preserve a youthful appearance to show off at work or at home. Unfortunately, one of the first places to show signs of aging is on the face, where lines, wrinkles, and lost volume can create a hollow and aged look instead of the bright, full appearance you are used to seeing. Dermal fillers can provide intermediate solutions to this anti-aging need, but there is a more long-lasting treatment option available at Aria DermSpa in Madison, CT—Facial Fat Transfers!

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Lisa Donofrio is an expert in fat-grafting procedures, having performed more than 7,000 treatments in her career. Dr. Donofrio provides the best results and experience in the New Haven area, restoring lost facial volume for a fuller, more youthful facial appearance that turns back the clock.

During a Facial Fat Transfer, unwanted fat from another area of the body, like the abdomen or thighs, is removed via liposuction. This fat is then injected into the cheeks, jawline, mouth, or eyes for desired volume and fullness. With Facial Fat Transfers in Madison, patients get two benefits during one treatment by reducing excess fat and repurposing it for long-lasting results.

The American Society of Plastic Surgery reported a large increase in the number of fat grafting procedures to the face in 2015, as more and more patients have turned to this rejuvenating treatment to satisfy their anti-aging needs. Trust expert cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Donofrio and the rest of the Aria DermSpa team with your Facial Fat Transfer needs and see your results this summer!

 

For more information on Facial Fat Transfers in Madison, call 203.421.6674 to schedule your consultation today.

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