While liposuction (the surgical removal of unwanted fat deposits from certain areas of the body) has been around for many years, a procedure designed to re-introduce fat to the body, especially the face, as an anti-aging technique is much more recent. Structural fat grafting helps our Philadelphia patients restore more youthful contours and volume to the face that are lost with aging through the injection of tiny parcels of fat.
Dr. Greco's practice is limited solely to excellence in aesthetic surgery of the face, and he serves patients from Philadelphia and out of the area. If you would like to meet with Dr. Greco to discuss cosmetic enhancements, call Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC at (610) 664-8830, or request a consultation online today.
As we age, the fat deposits, facial skeleton, muscle, and connective tissues in our faces change, leaving skin sagging and unsupported. Structural fat grafting helps replace the lost fat giving the face a plump, fuller appearance associated with youth.
In the past, fat transfer was controversial because the harvested fat was fragile and usually short-lived. In the late 1980s, a method was devised for harvesting the body's fat by using a small cannula. A delicate instrument was then used to re-inject tiny parcels of the fat into the face instead of placing it in large deposits.
Dr. Timothy Greco has been successfully utilizing structural fat grafting therapy for over ten years. It has become an important part in treating the aging face, including the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, which ultimately complement the facelift result. Fat grafting has also become a popular technique for natural lip enhancement and cheek augmentation.
Structural fat grafting is now used to augment lips, fill in hollowness around the eyes, strengthen jaw lines, and fill in cheeks and nasolabial folds. By using the patient's own fat, there is no risk of allergic reactions or rejections by the body. The carefully integrated fat does not shift or migrate. Though more time consuming than other injectable fillers, structural fat grafting is more cost effective due to its long lasting results.
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Excess fat is removed typically from the abdomen or medial thighs, specially prepared, and then re-implanted in tiny droplets (microphones) to augment an area of the face.
Results are seen immediately, though a slightly "overfilled" look may be present initially since some of the fat will be reabsorbed by the body over time. Some swelling and bruising should be expected. You will be provided with post–operative instructions which you should follow closely in order to ensure the best results. Compared to many other cosmetic procedures, structural fat grafting is associated with a quick recovery.
Though it is a surgical procedure, there are few risks associated with fat grafting. In rare instances asymmetry, infection, hematoma, nerve injury, seroma, discoloration, contour abnormalities and other complications may occur.Back To Top