As life expectancy has steadily increased over the past few decades, the science of anti-aging has risen to the challenge, giving birth to a wide spectrum of cosmetic skincare treatments that strive to roll back the clock on wrinkles, folds and fine lines. While dermal fillers and injectables have soared in popularity and effectiveness, some patients in the Shelby, Hickory, Gastonia or Charlotte, NC region may prefer using their own tissue.

With fat transfer, fatty tissue from the patient’s own body is used to replenish lost volume and plumpness in areas of the face depleted by time, gravity and exposure to the elements. The cheeks, chin, nasolabial folds, lips and eyes are all places where fat transfer can beautifully restore youthfulness and supple radiance. The procedure has the added advantage of helping to contour the donor sites, as the fat is typically appropriated from trouble spots such as the abdomen, thighs, hips or buttocks.

Benefits of fat transfer:

  • Corrects facial flaws brought about by aging, acne or congenital skin conditions
  • Relies on our own tissue
  • Long-lasting results that outperform facial fillers and injectables
  • Offers remarkable versatility and can be used to augment the breasts or buttocks
  • Safe and effective
  • Helps contour donor sites

PPSD The Shelby, Hickory, Gastonia and Charlotte, NC fat transfer gurus

Ever on the forefront of the latest breakthroughs in cosmetic medicine, PPSD’s team of vetted, board certified plastic surgeons are excited to offer Charlotte NC fat transfer to the community as an excellent option in the war on aging.

In addition to skill and innovation, our doctors pride themselves on a compassionate, patient-focused approach that respects the patient’s time and individuality. Before surgery, your PPSD surgeon will meet with you to explain the procedure in detail and answer any outstanding questions you may have.

He will perform a medical examination, gather information about previous surgeries, allergies to medications, and frankly discuss your goals and expectations. In cases where the patient lacks an adequate amount of body fat to perform a transfer, the doctor will make recommendations for alternative treatments such as implants or fillers.

How does fat transfer work?

First, healthy fat cells are harvested from a donor site through minimally invasive liposuction. As a second step, impurities are removed from the fat tissue and the graft is readied for transfer. Next, the surgeon uses a cutting-edge, injection technique to ensure the fat is introduced deeply and evenly within the treatment area skin layers, promoting greater longevity of the transplanted cells.

The entire procedure typically takes between one and two hours and takes place at an accredited outpatient surgical center in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby, Denver, Cornelius or Hickory.

What does fat transfer recovery look like?

After your fat transfer in Charlotte NC, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. Ice packs and cold compresses can help tremendously, and pain medication is always available to you should you desire it. While you may return to work within the first week, it’s best to avoid intense workouts or physical labor for the first 21 days.

How long do results last?

The average PPSD patient will enjoy the results of their fat transfer surgery for years. The body generally absorbs a certain percentage of the transferred fat initially, but the fat that remains after this process is essentially permanent. In some cases, it may be necessary to repeat the transplant process at a later date as aging progresses or additional augmentation/contouring is desired. Your doctor will schedule the necessary follow-up visits and will make his or her best recommendation for the future at that time.