Liposculpture (Fat Transfer)

When you examine a youthful face, the transitions from one part of the face to another are subtle and without any lines and wrinkles. As we age, our face loses volume in the form of fat.  This loss of volume causes our faces to become hollow appearing and the transitions from one point on the face to another become sharply demarcated with lines and wrinkles. Liposculpture (Fat Transfer) uses your body’s own fat to restore the volume lost through aging.  Liposculpture involves performing liposuction on the abdomen and inner thighs to collect your own fat cells, which are then processed and injected back into the face to restore volume. This is our very own “all-natural” filler!  As opposed to off-the-shelf fillers, the transferred fat lives in the body and will last forever. An additional benefit of fat transfer is the observation of a youthful and revitalized appearance to the skin following the transfer of fat to the face.  This transformation is thought to be due to the transfer of stem cells during this process.

How is the fat put back into the face?

After the fat is harvested, Dr. Wudel separates the fat cells from other cells and liquids by spinning the fat in a centrifuge.  He then uses specialized microcannulas to evenly distribute the concentrated fat cells into the areas of volume loss beneath the skin.  

What is recovery like after liposculpture?

There will be bruising and swelling present after the procedure, which usually lasts 5-14 days depending on the volume and location of fat placement.  The inner thighs and abdomen are sore after liposuction and tend to bruise.  Bruising can be minimized by frequent use of ice around the liposculpted areas and the use of compressive dressings. Most bruising will resolve over the course of several weeks.