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When Fat Transfer Might be the Better Option

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

Caucasian elegant woman with pleasure treating skin with beauty device for peelingAs we age, our skin begins to show signs of exposure to the elements. Not only does aging affect the surface of the skin, the production of specific structures and molecules decreases, affecting the skin’s elasticity and ability to rebound from movement caused by facial muscles.

Over time, this can lead to faster development of fine lines and wrinkles around your face. And since your skin is less able to return after being stretched, lines and wrinkles that were already there can deepen and become more permanent and visible even without movement of your facial muscles.

There are many minimally-invasive treatments that can safely, easily, and effectively slow and reduce these signs of aging on your face. Most of these treatments take less than 30 minutes and require no recovery time after.

However, the results are relatively temporary, and repeat treatments must be performed every 12 months to keep the same look. These less invasive treatments also are not always successful at removing deeper lines and creases.

Although slightly more invasive, fat transfer or fat grafting is still a safe and easy way to effectively restore lost volume from beneath your skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

During the procedure, your doctor will remove a certain amount of fat cells from your own body, from areas with excess fat. The fat cells are then cleansed and prepared, then injected using special techniques in the treatment area on your face. This provides near-immediate results while less invasive than more complex surgical procedures.

Fat transfer also has two significant benefits over many other treatment options. Since the fat is naturally harvested from your own body, there is nearly no risk of adverse reaction or rejection of treatment. And as the fat cells settle in the injection site, the results are relatively permanent and rarely require follow-up treatments.

If you want to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles or other signs of aging on your face but with a more permanent solution, call the Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, NC, at 828-526-3783 or visit to schedule a fat transfer consultation.

Thank you for your business over the years! Dr. Buchanan is closing his practice and the Center For Plastic Surgery's last day open will be January 31, 2023.