Fat Transfer in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA

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One of the most remarkable advances in the past few years has been recognition of the "3rd dimension" in facial rejuvenation. In the past, plastic surgery has focused on mainly two dimensions – tightening skin and muscle, without sufficient thought given to volume. But consider the appearance of children and teenagers; there is a fullness that is associated with youth that we lose as we age. We now recognize that fat is not the enemy, but rather an essential component of a youthful appearance. In concert with this understanding have come new techniques for the harvesting fat and subsequent fat transfers that allow for long-lasting results.

By removing excess fat from areas such as the abdomen or thighs, carefully preparing it for placement, and meticulously injecting it into the face, you can achieve a result that will last years. The cosmetic result is often quite dramatic, with a youthful restoration despite a minimally-invasive procedure and remarkably short downtime. Multiple treatments are occasionally necessary to achieve optimal results. Double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Brackup performs fat transfers at Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in scenic Bucks County, PA. It can be performed by itself or may be combined with other procedures to achieve maximal rejuvenation.

Surgical Technique

During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites via liposuction. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the areas of the face where shape and contour are needed. As with all our procedures, the key is to achieve a natural, youthful, long lasting result.

During/After Surgery

Dr. Brackup performs fat transfers at our accredited surgery center. It can be performed by itself or may be combined with other procedures to achieve maximal rejuvenation.

Fat transfer treatment is performed with monitored sedation in our accredited surgery center. General anesthesia is not required. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few weeks. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many areas were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred.

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How Long do the Results Last?

A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for a life-time. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, Dr. Brackup will maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering.

Loss of Volume?

When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get resorbed, the area can continue to be tweaked. For patients who want to have sustained volume enhancement, but desire natural results this is an ideal procedure. This is especially the case for those who are not comfortable using an implant.

How About Scarring?

Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas in natural folds or creases to help conceal them.

Other Treatments?

For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. Patients who do not want a more “permanent solution” or have other factors influencing their decision, the use of hyaluronic acid fillers can also be placed to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

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