Fat injections or fat transfer is performed by Dr. Robert Dryden for patients in Tucson, Phoenix and throughout Arizona to plump up facial features with a patient's own fat.

Smoothing out the wrinkles...

Facial wrinkles and creases are part of the aging process. They begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.

Fat injections are used to plump up facial features with a patient's own fat. It is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat injections to the face is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to recontour your face and can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it's from your own body.

With fat transfer it is possible to have fat liposuctioned from your thighs, abdomen or other areas and then transferred to any area of your body. Reinjected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks because this area does not move as often. Some patients respond better for fat transfer than others do. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic aging of the hands and post-surgical and post-traumatic defects. But not every area of the body or every patient responds well to fat transfer. The breasts may be minimally enlarged. It is particularly useful in conjunction with a facelift or or to make an older face look significantly younger.

  • Fat transferred to the face can last as long as three years or significantly longer.

How is the fat transfer procedure done?

Fat transfer is performed in our office’s ambulatory outpatient surgical center on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where your fat is most tightly packed, such as your abdomen or your buttocks.

Once removed, your fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then reinjected using another needle, which is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.

Harvesting the fat cells for reinjection is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift, liposuction, tummy tuck or cosmetic breast surgery.

What are the benefits of fat transfer?

  • Fat transferred to the face can last as significant time, but longevity is not fully known yet. Some injections may last a lifetime.
  • Fat transfer can be very cost effective when combined with another procedure.
  • There's no chance of an allergic reaction.

What can I expect after my fat transfer?

After Dr. Dryden performs a fat transfer, patients are up and around immediately. Any discomfort following the procedure can be controlled with medication. Some swelling at the treatment site may last up to 36 hours. There may be some bruising, which can be covered with make-up.

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