fat transfer

The wrinkles that develop from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth are a common facial concern for women, but picking the most natural and effective treatment can be tricky. At the Colton Center, we offer a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments, including one that uses your body’s own tissue – a fat transfer injection.

What is a Fat Transfer?

Unlike other kinds of skin rejuvenation treatments that use chemicals in order to achieve results, a fat injection uses your body’s own surplus fat cells to add volume and shape to your face. A fat transfer is an in-office procedure that uses intravenous sedation.

A donor area with an excess amount of fat, such as the abdomen or buttocks, is first determined. The donor area is then typically injected with local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Once the fat cells are harvested using a specially-designed syringe, the fat then goes through a purification process and is redistributed into smaller syringes for the transfer into the face.

No incisions will be made during the fat transfer process, but small marks may be left where the needles puncture the skin.

What are the Benefits of a Fat Transfer?

Choosing a fat transfer treatment over other skin rejuvenation treatments offers several benefits, including:

  • You are using your body’s own natural resources
  • The results can last longer than those of dermal fillers.
  • Fat transfers can smooth fine to moderate lines in multiple areas of the face.

Dr. Colton’s patient photo

What is Recovery Like?

As grafted fat needs to find and establish a blood source before it thrives, results may take a short while to determine. In some cases, fat transfers need to be performed multiple times over the span of a few months in order to achieve desired results. Doctor Colton will determine your course of treatment on an individual basis.

Typically, about 60-80 percent of grafted fat survives the transfer. How long the results last also depends on the individual, but most people find that the results last from six to twelve months, and, on occasion, longer.