fattransplantDescription: Fat is taken from one area of the body and used as a filler in other areas of the body where youthful volume has been lost. The results of a fat transfer tend to be long term (three to 10 years), and complications are minimal because it’s taken from your own body.

How it’s done: Fat is transferred from a “donor site” (usually the abs, hips, buttocks or thighs) via a needle or liposuction, depending on how much fat is required. It is then transferred to the area of the body to fill wrinkles or deep lines and act as a natural alternative to fillers or implants. The best areas to have fat transferred include the hands, butt, jawline, temples, cheeks or under the eyes. (The lips are not ideal because the movement in this area increases the likelihood of the fat being reabsorbed into the body.)

Complications: Common complications include swelling and bruising at the injection site.  Rare but possible complications and include: clotting at the treatment or donor site, blood-borne infection, scar tissue, or fat embolism (fat injection mistakenly directed into a blood vessel). The face may look puffy or swollen post-treatment, because these areas are often overfilled to allow for absorption.

Recovery: A week to 10 days for swelling and bruising.  While results are visible immediately the final effect will not be visible until after four weeks.

Cost: $1,000 to $1,500 for a facial fat transfer. Price varies depending on the size of the area being treated.

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