Fat Grafting Myths
Myth: The fat can be frozen and stored in the office to use in additional sessions
Truth: There have been conflicting studies about utilizing frozen fat, but most have concluded that stored fat is not as effective and has a greater complication rate. According to FDA regulations, an office or facility that stores fat for grafting would have to be licensed as a Tissue Bank. There are almost no office-based or free standing facilities across the country, that offer freezing of the fat, that are licensed to perform this function. The others are in violation of the law, which was created for patient safety.
Reality: Micro-fat transfer should be performed only by an experienced and artistic surgeon. If performed in this manner, it can be the basis for a natural facial rejuvenation in the majority of patients.
Myth: Obtaining the fat requires a large procedure
Truth: The fat for facial fat grafting may be taken from any area on the body that has an adequate amount like the hip, thigh, abdomen, or buttock through a tiny incision. It does not require a large liposuction. It is usually performed under local anesthesia which is supplemented by sedation in order to maximize patient comfort.
Myth: Fat grafting is a one-time procedure
Truth: It usually is in most patients. However, since 30-50% of the micro-fat graft generally remains permanently and the body naturally resorbs 50-70%, some patients will want to have a second session of grafting to further enhance the result.
Myth: Fat grafting makes people look fat
Truth: Fat grafting like much of plastic surgery is a combination of art and science. As patients age, they usually lose volume in certain areas of the face, which makes them look older. Micro-fat grafting is often used in conjunction with a facelift if the skin has lost elasticity and lost volume. If the skin has no significant sagging, fat grafting alone, placed artistically in the areas of deficiencies, can make the face look fresher and more youthful. If placed in the proper location, in appropriate amounts, it makes the face look better, not fat.
Myth: Fat grafting looks lumpy
Truth: Micro-fat grafts, placed in the proper tissue plane, without significant overcorrection, performed by an experienced plastic surgeons avoids the fat grafts from looking lumpy or unnatural.
Myth: Fat grafting does not last
Truth: With refined techniques, in the hands of an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, generally 30-50% of the micro-grafted fat remains permanently. A significant benefit of fat over other fillers is that it is your own tissue, so there is no possibility of allergic reaction or that your body would reject it.