Today, because of modern technology, there are several excellent procedures available to correct skin defects such as deep furrows and wrinkles on the face. Depressions on other areas of the body can also be corrected through one such procedure called autologous (from the same individual) fat transplantation. This procedure, which is sometimes called “fat transfer”, is currently being used to recontour the face, enhance the cheek and chin, and correct facial or body deformities.
Prior To Procedure
A complete medical history is acquired prior to surgery in order to evaluate the general health of the patient. The patient will also be carefully examined. After the examination Dr. Graper will explain the type of anesthesia that will be used, the procedure, the expected results, and the possible risks and complications. The next step will be to take photographs, which will allow both the patient and Dr. Graper to evaluate the degree of improvement. The patient will then be given their preoperative instructions and the areas to be operated on will be carefully marked.
The first step of the procedure will be to anesthetize both the donor site (the area from which fat is taken) and the recipient site (area to be treated). A needle is inserted into the donor site in a location that has a thick layer of fat such as the thigh or buttocks. Fat cells, which are drawn into the syringe, are carefully reinjected into the recipient site. This process is repeated until the desired amount of fat has been transferred and the defect corrected. A pressure bandage is then applied to the donor site, and occasionally to the recipient site, to prevent blood clots and swelling.
The level of pain connected with this procedure is minimal which allows any discomfort to be controlled with oral medication. Antibiotics may also be prescribed in order to prevent infection. Patients are able to return to their normal activities on the day of surgery; however, strenuous activities should be avoided for some time. Dr. Graper will determine when normal activities may be resumed based on the extent of the surgery, and the patients healing process.