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Tired of Temporary Fillers? Achieve Long-Lasting Results

Dermal fillers offer a convenient solution for addressing volume loss and wrinkles, but frequent touch-ups and the potential for allergic reactions leave many seeking a more permanent option. Enter autologous fat injection, a rising trend in natural and long-lasting facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Saxon, a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, leverages her expertise to offer autologous fat transfer as a safe and effective alternative. Schedule a consultation today to explore your options for a youthful, sculpted appearance that lasts.

Dermal fillers offer a convenient solution for addressing volume loss and wrinkles, but frequent touch-ups and the potential for allergic reactions leave many seeking a more permanent option. Enter autologous fat injection, a rising trend in natural and long-lasting facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Saxon, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, leverages her expertise to offer autologous fat transfer as a safe and effective alternative. Schedule a consultation today to explore your options for a youthful, sculpted appearance that lasts.

What is Autologous Fat Injection?

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Also known as fat grafting or facial fat transfer, this cosmetic procedure utilizes your own fat cells to restore facial volume and achieve a youthful appearance. Fat is gently extracted from one area (often the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs) through liposuction, purified, and then injected into targeted areas of the face.

Compared to temporary dermal fillers, the procedure’s results are also long-lasting, as a significant portion of the transferred fat survives and establishes a blood supply, resulting in permanent volume restoration. This makes fat injection a preferred choice for seeking durable and personalized facial rejuvenation.

Autologous fat grafting can restore or enhance volume in any area of the face in which dermal fillers may be used, including:

Autologous Fat Injection vs. Dermal Fillers

The best choice for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. Here’s a quick comparison to help you decide:

Achieve Long-lasting Results: Transferred fat integrates with your facial structures, providing permanent volume restoration unlike temporary dermal fillers.

Minimize Allergic Reactions: Your own body’s fat cells significantly reduce the risk of allergic reactions compared to synthetic fillers.

Promote Continued Improvement: Fat cells contain stem cells, which may contribute to longer-lasting volume enhancement and potentially improve skin quality.

Deliver Quick Results: Provides immediate volume restoration for a refreshed look.

Offer a Minimally Invasive Approach: Simpler procedure with minimal downtime for faster recovery.

Provide a Variety of Options: Tailored solutions to address specific wrinkles, lines, or areas of volume loss.

What to Expect

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The Procedure
A local anesthetic numbs the donor area (usually abdomen, buttocks, or thighs). Dr. Saxon gently harvests fat cells using liposuction, avoiding methods that damage them. The purified fat is injected in small amounts using specialized tools, similar to dermal filler injections. This procedure often combines fat with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to enhance results.

Recovery is quick, with minimal soreness at the donor site and some temporary bruising/swelling. You’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions for a smooth recovery.

Am I a Candidate for Autologous Fat Injections?
Anyone who has an adequate amount of fat to harvest and has no medical contraindications for a procedure may be a good candidate for autologous fat transfer. Unlike fat grafting in the body, it only takes a small amount of fat to get a good result in the face. Nevertheless, those that are very thin and have little or no fat underneath the skin may need other materials to build volume in the face such as dermal fillers or other regenerative treatments.

Autologous Fat Injection FAQs

What is recovery like after autologous fat injection?
There is very little down time after this procedure. Mild swelling and bruising may be seen, but this is minimal since blunt cannulas are used instead of sharp instruments. No pain medication beyond Tylenol or ibuprofen is needed since this procedure is very well-tolerated.

While fat grafting can accompany surgical procedures such as a facelift, highly regenerative injectable treatments that stimulate collagen production can enhance your facial fat grafting results and their longevity.

The most common side effects of facial fat grafting are temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness in treated areas. Infection and bleeding are possible, though these complications rarely occur. Other rare risks of fat transfer to the face include minor asymmetry and the unintentional injection of fat into a blood vessel. Sometimes, asymmetry can occur from uneven resorption of fat. A second treatment to fine-tune results or add additional volume may be needed if this occurs.

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Why Choose Saxon MD?

Dr. Sarah Saxon is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Her patients come from all over the country to enjoy her artistic surgical experience for natural and beautiful results. As a nationally renowned expert in aesthetic treatments, Dr. Saxon curates personalized treatment plans to help patients achieve their unique aesthetic goals. She oversees all treatments and uses her keen aesthetic eye to ensure safe, consistent results. Schedule a consultation today to achieve a radiant complexion.

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