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Fat Transfer

With age, we lose volume in our faces: underlying bone resorbs and both collagen and fat diminish. What results is a loss of the “scaffolding” of the facial skin: as the underlying structure declines, the skin has less support and tends to fall towards the central face, upper eyelids, and jowls. Rather than filling-up the resulting folds, many cosmetic surgeons have recognized that rebuilding the underlying structure to redrape the skin is the best, most natural way to achieve a youthful and refreshed result.

A facelift may be a dramatic and improved result, but it often results in a pulled and gaunt-appearance …not necessarily a younger-appearing version of the individual. As medical and aesthetic science have progressed, many of us have realized the importance of volume replacement as an integral component to maintaining youth.

Volume in the face doesn’t necessarily result in a “chubby” appearance. Rather, it supports the skin, fills in volume in the temples and brows (lifting the eyelids), restores a fallen cheekbone, redefines a jawline. Fat transfer also results in restored vitality to the skin, as over the last few years, practitioners have discovered that the transferred stem cells that come along with the fat, restore a fresh, pretty, and natural look.


Why Choose Fat Transfer for Facial Rejuvenation?

The results of fat transfer are long lasting, as the fat is “grafted” in micro droplets to develop blood and nerve supply in the transplanted area.

Fat is your own: a natural substance and requires no foreign substance in your body.

In most cases,  comprehensive volume replacement can be achieved, as most patients have a sufficient volume to harvest. The average fat transfer to the face uses 40-60 cc of fat, whereas average filler procedures consist of 1-5 cc’s.

Multiple volume depletion issues can be treated in one session: cheek and lip augmentation, melolabial folds, brow lift, eyelid rejuvenation,  sunken temples, marionette lines, smile lines, jawlines, softening of forehead lines.

Fat is soft and smooth, creating a gorgeous cosmetic outcome.

Fat is a more affordable option per cc when compared to dermal fillers.  Using a comparable amount of dermal filler to replenish volume loss would cost considerably more than does fat from your own body.

Fat is one of the best sources of stem cells in the human body, these cells (also called ADRC’s-Adipose derived regenerative cells) support the growth and regeneration of surrounding cells.

Fat that is transferred to surrounding tissue encourages increased health and vitality of the tissue.  Patient who have fat transfer not only notice volume improvement but also a healthier glow and appearance of the overlying skin.

No incisions are required and fat is transferred through “adit” sites that are no larger than 2 mm.


Why Should Dr.Schroeder  Perform Your Fat Transfer?

Dr. Schroeder is experienced with fat transfer procedures and consistently obtains great results for her patients. She has been formally-trained, has performed this procedure for over ten years, and has both lectured and taught this procedure to young Dermatologists.

Irregardless of whether the transfer is to the face, breasts, or buttocks, each procedure begins with gentle, hand-extracted liposuction. Dr. Schroeder has over fifteen years of tumescent liposuction experience and has been the only Dermatologic Surgeon to date to instruct other physicians in this procedure at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Each case is performed with her meticulous eye and attention to detail, as she wants each one of her patients to have a beautifully-contoured, amazing result.

Dr. Schroeder has tested various methods for processing and harvesting fat and delivering the best technique for re-injection. Her efforts result in high fat-retention and smoother, more natural-appearing results for her patients.

Dr. Schroeder uses her educated, artistic eye to create the most beautiful results for each individual.  An eye for aesthetics is just as important for an optimal outcome as is using the most up-to-date technology and surgical techniques. You will be asked to bring-in a younger picture, so that she might have a guide to re-create your unique younger look.

What should I expect during and after the surgery?

You will be awake and comfortable throughout your surgery.  The liposuction portion of the surgery is done under tumescent anesthesia.  Facial nerve blocks are used to anesthetize the face for the fat transfer.

It is likely that you will have some bruising and swelling post-operatively; please do plan on a week of social down time.  Bruising can be reduced with oral Arnica Montana started the day prior to and for up to one week after the procedure.  Bromelain to decrease swelling can also be taken the day of surgery and in the immediate post op period. Dr. Schroeder often prescribes low-dose oral prednisone for swelling.

Post-op pain is minimal, and can be treated with prescription pain medication if necessary.  Usually it is only needed the first day or two after surgery, if needed at all.

If the tear troughs (under eye area) is treated, please expect swelling in that area lasting several weeks. Prophylactic oral antibiotics are prescribed to prevent the rare incidence of infection.

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