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A patient can take years off their perceived age by restoring volume to hollow areas of the face. The key to a natural, elegant result is using a customized approach. Dr. Bryant’s experience and training with facial fat grafting in Nashville ensures precise placement in the anatomically appropriate region to ensure a natural rejuvenation and not a “treated” look.
Imagine removing excess body fat and a more youthful face in one surgery! Facial fat transfer (facial fat grafting) provides two incredible benefits in a single procedure. Patients can accomplish a slimmer, more toned physique with just one short recovery period and enhance the face.
The fat grafting procedure works by harvesting fat from areas with excess fatty tissue buildups, such as the abdomen, hips, arms, saddlebags, flanks, or side. Liposuction is used to provide surgical fat reduction. This fat is then washed and purified to prepare for injection. Then, Dr. Bryant places the fat cells in a cannula. He carefully injects the fat in long strings into the fat layer beneath the skin using a precise injection method.
While implants and dermal fillers are staples in many aesthetic doctors’ practices, these days patients around the world have expressed a desire for natural alternatives to implants and facial fillers. While implants and fillers are considered safe, low-risk procedures, using natural body fat is even safer.
Since the fat cells come from the patient’s own body, there are almost zero risks of allergy or rejection. Real fat is an excellent natural alternative to dermal cheek fillers, lip augmentation fillers, lip implants, cheek implants, temple fillers, and more. And unlike dermal implants and cosmetic injectables, the results of a fat graft are permanent. It is normal for some fat cells to die off in the first few months of the procedure. However, the fat cells that remain a few months post-op are the permanent result.
The injected fat is alive. It becomes part of the living tissue. Implants, on the other hand, are long-term devices. While they are considered permanent forms of augmentation, it is possible that these medical devices may not last a lifetime. Replacing implants may be necessary eventually.
Another benefit is that natural fat has a texture and composition unlike anything else in nature or the laboratory. While implants do a good job replicating human tissue, nothing beats the real thing. Natural fat has a supple feeling that provides an incredibly natural-looking appearance and sensation. For patients who desire a subtle enhancement that doesn’t risk looking fake, facial fat grafting in Nashville is an ideal choice.
A facial fat transfer in Nashville may require light sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat removed and the patient’s preference for being awake during the procedure. Dr. Bryant works with six surgical centers in the area. Facial fat injections may be performed along with other procedures if needed. Modern liposuction uses the latest techniques to prevent skin rippling for a smooth result. Fat injections are a low-pain procedure. Fat transfer is commonly performed alongside facial rejuvenation treatments such as facelift or rhinoplasty.
Before your procedure, you’ll meet with Dr. Bryant and his surgical care coordinator. A consultation lets you discuss your aesthetic concerns, goals, and questions with Dr. Bryant. Your personal treatment plan will be reviewed, and you’ll be provided with all preoperative and post-operative instructions and medication if needed.
The recovery time may vary based on the extent of liposuction. The less fat removed, the less discomfort is experienced after the procedure. Tenderness, swelling, and bruising are quick and expected responses to liposuction fat removal. Fat injections into the face have few side effects and risks, although mild, temporary bruising, injection site redness, and swelling are possible. Most patients can return to work just a few days after the procedure.