Volume loss of the face, body and hands are a common indicator of age and can exacerbate wrinkles or cause certain areas to appear hollow or recessed. While manufactured injectables can produce pleasing effects, fat grafting provides stunning and natural results with the patient’s own fat. The major challenge of fat grafting is to increase the rate of graft survival while avoiding undesirable outcomes. Based on scientific research and clinical experience, the single most important factor in a successful outcome is the surgeon’s technique. Over the past decade, Dr. Sung has developed refined skills which meticulously replenishes the volume without the use of synthetic materials.
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Ideal candidates for fat grafting must be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Fat grafting can be appropriate for both men and women who can relate to any of the following aesthetic concerns:
Fat grafting is a three-stage process that involves the following surgical steps:
Patients can go home on the day of their fat grafting. Swelling and bruising are likely to occur throughout the recovery process, but these side effects subside significantly after the first or second week. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks depending on the extent of correction and treatment areas.
Patients can expect to notice immediate improvement following their fat grafting procedure. The treatment areas will be plump and smooth, but it may take several weeks for any residual swelling to subside and reveal the final result. Carefully following all aftercare instructions increases the likelihood of success, producing long-lasting enhancement to the treated area.
Serious complications associated with fat grafting are rare, especially when performed by an accomplished, board-certified plastic surgeon. However, any surgery comes with risks that may include the following:
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