As the skin ages, natural shape and volume are often lost in the face. At Thomas Funcik, MD, our fat grafting procedure utilizes your body’s own tissues to naturally improve the shape and smoothness of your skin.
Located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Thomas Funcik, MD serves the greater Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head areas with comprehensive surgical and non-surgical procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Funcik.
What is Fat Grafting?
Also commonly referred to as fat transfer and fat rejuvenation, fat grafting serves the double purpose of extracting fat from an area where it is in excess and transferring it to another area where more volume is needed. Dr. Funcik and his medical team focus on fat grafting to naturally enhance the face.
Using liposuction, excess fat is taken from areas such as the thighs and abdomen. Small incisions will be made around the donor site, and a thin, hollow cannula tube will be inserted to gently suction the fat with vacuum technology.
Once the fat is removed, Dr. Funcik will cleanse and purify it and inject it back into the patient using specially-designed needles.
What are the Benefits of Fat Grafting?
- Results are often more permanent than with dermal fillers
- Fat grafting uses your own tissues, which is safer than implants and significantly reduces the risk of complications and adverse reactions
- Fat grafting creates a more natural look
- This procedure is two treatments in one, eliminating fat in stubborn areas via liposuction and adding it to a volume-deficient area.
What is Recovery Like?
Aside from the small incisions that will need to be made for liposuction, this procedure does not require extensive surgery. Swelling and bruising may be present for a few weeks after treatment, but Dr. Funcik will monitor your healing and advise you on when you can return to work and normal activities.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Although fat grafting lasts on a permanent basis, about 60-80 percent of fat survives after the transfer. Dr. Funcik will instruct you on how to give your transferred fat the best survival rate, and multiple sessions may be necessary in order to achieve desired results.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Funcik and find out if you are a candidate for fat grafting.