You’re not alone if you struggle to feel self-confident due to tired, wrinkled skin. You may also wish that you were more curvaceous in certain areas. The fat grafting process makes it possible to achieve a more aesthetically appealing look by transferring fat from a donor region onto another area of your body to produce the cosmetic results you want.
The fat from the donor region may also be used to treat wrinkles around the mouth, add volume to the lips, and more. During the procedure, fat is extracted from the donor region—hips, thighs, abdomen, or buttocks—via liposuction. The fat is cleaned, then is reintroduced into an area where volume is desired, such as the sunken cheeks, deep facial wrinkles, creases, lips, and even the hands.
With a talented surgeon, you can determine the fat grafting approach that works for your cosmetic goals. If you reside in Chicago or one of the surrounding areas, you have the opportunity to work with one of the best fat grafting surgeons, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Epstein, MD at MAE Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, he’ll review your goals for the procedure, discuss your health, and determine whether fat grafting is right for you.
In the interim, here is more information on fat grafting so you can decide if you’d like to move forward.
How Long Will Fat Grafting Results Last?
Fat grafting results are permanent, but they take time to appear. Your skin must first adapt to the procedural changes before your results show. Additionally, fat cells take time to attach onto a blood source in the recipient region. Given that your skin needs to adapt naturally to these changes, expect not to see the final results until around six months after your procedure. The amount of fat removed may also influence how long it will take for your skin to adapt.
Is There a Way to Speed Up Results?
To improve the likelihood of seeing your results sooner, follow your provider’s suggestions, which may include staying hydrated and consuming foods with protein and vitamin C. These nutrients help skin produce collagen, improving your skin’s healing. Results take time, but these supports may help reduce the skin’s healing time.
Am I A Candidate for Fat Grafting?
Not everyone is a candidate for fat grafting. Candidates should have excess fat in regions like the hips, thighs, abdomen, or buttocks to harvest. In some cases, other procedures, like dermal fillers or BOTOX®, would more produce better results.
To determine if fat grafting is the right procedure for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Epstein at MAE Plastic Surgery. Together, you’ll discuss your health history and ensure that you are currently in a state of health that allows fat grafting to be the correct procedure for you.
Call MAE Plastic Surgery to See If Fat Grafting Is Right for You!
It will take about six months following your procedure before the final results appear. Once you have achieved your final results, you will have them for life. Reach out to the team or call us at (847) 205-1680 to book your consultation and learn more about fat grafting to ensure that this approach is best for you.