For people experiencing the volume loss effects of facial aging, what they see in the mirror doesn’t always reflect the life they feel inside. Volume loss in the cheeks, under the eyes, or in the lips can all lead to a hollow, tired, or overly aged appearance.

While dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma can provide results for some symptoms of volume loss in the face, they are not permanent solutions and need to be readministered once every year or so to maintain results. Some people may desire a longer-lasting option.

Another volume boosting avenue is a fat transfer. Rather than restoring volume using hyaluronic acid-based fillers, this procedure harvests your own body fat for injection into your problem areas, providing long-lasting or even permanent facial rejuvenation with no risk of allergic reaction.

The Fat Transfer Procedure

There are three steps to performing a fat transfer procedure to the face. First, fat cells from elsewhere on your body are harvested using liposuction. Common donor areas are the hips and abdomen, but Dr. Gilpin can take fat from nearly anywhere it resides in excess.

Next, the fat and fluids collected are spun in a centrifuge to separate the pure fat from other bodily fluids that may have been collected during liposuction.

Finally, using very fine cannulas, Dr. Gilpin skillfully injects the fat into your areas of concern, such as the cheeks and lips. Over the course of a few weeks, the body may absorb up to 50% of the injected fat, while the rest remains permanently implanted, providing natural volume boosting effects and helping you look more like you feel.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for fat transfer to the face have clearly defined areas of volume loss throughout their face, and are either allergic to or not interested in temporary solutions like dermal fillers.

In addition, because this is a minimally invasive procedure, good candidates for fat transfer should be in generally good health, are able to withstand either local or general anesthesia used for liposuction, and have excess body fat that can be used for transfer.

An aspect to consider when looking into a Fat Transfer is the type of results expected. This procedure provides natural-looking results. Candidates should be aware that it won’t make them look like an entirely new person, but a more youthful and alert version of themselves.

A way to know for sure if you’re a good candidate for this permanent solution to facial volume loss is to schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin, where you can voice your concerns and work together to find a solution to help you look younger and more alert with a minimally invasive procedure.

Fat Transfer in Nashville, TN

When dermal fillers aren’t an option due to preference or allergies, fat transfer can be an excellent way to provide youthful fullness to an aging appearance. Gilpin Facial Aesthetics is the go-to Nashville provider of both surgical and non-surgical solutions for all your facial concerns. Having two board certifications and a wealth of hands-on experience, Dr. Gilpin is able to give you the natural results you’re looking for to be the best version of yourself. Learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation, including fat transfer, by calling 615-551-9621 or contacting us online today.