December 8, 2021

Fat Transfer vs Dermal Fillers

Getting older is an inevitable part of life, but thankfully, you have options for to help reverse signs of aging. If you want options to look younger and rejuvenate your skin’s appearance, consider dermal fillers or fat transfer/grafting.

There is a high demand for fillers because they are minimally invasive, effective, and treat a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. However, depending on your composition and your ideal results, a fat transfer might be a better option. Each procedure has its benefits and determining the right one for you can be challenging. Dr. Steele and his team will assess your situation to help you figure out the best next steps.

The Basics of Fat Transfer Procedures

Fat transfer refers to a surgical operation that removes excess fat from one location and relocates the fat into a new location to improve the shape and/or size. Dr. Steele begins using liposuction to remove fat from the hips, buttocks, thighs, or abdomen, where adipose tissue is typically prominent. The fat is then washed with a saltwater solution to remove impurities and placed into syringes for injection.  The concentrated and purified fat cells are then injected or transferred into the desired areas. Local anesthetic ensures that a patient stays comfortable throughout the process. Patients can expect up to a week of downtime to recover from this powerful operation. If you are considering a fat transfer, reach out to Dr. Steele’s team to learn more.

Dermal Fillers Explained

Dermal fillers are temporary gel-like substances that are injected into the skin and fat to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns. For example, these injectables help reduce facial wrinkles – minimizing signs of aging, restoring facial volume, and mitigating the appearance of superficial scars. In most cases, people who receive dermal fillers can resume their daily activities immediately. This makes these injectables a flexible option for people who are looking for treatments with minimal downtime. There are many different types of dermal fillers and Dr. Steele’s team will educate you on the benefits each.

The Distinct Benefits of Each Procedure

When it comes to deciding between these two options, they each have their own unique advantages. For example, dermal fillers are quick, performed in office, safe, effective, and incredibly versatile. People of all ages, genders, and skin compositions benefit from these injectables.

Meanwhile, when compared to cosmetic fillers, fat transfer operations are a permanent treatment option. The disadvantage of a fat transfer procedure is the need for surgery and significant recovery time. In the facial region, fat transfer is frequently combined with a facelift for optimal volume correction.  These procedures may also provide a subtle breast enhancement or a significant buttock enhancement for those patients seeking powerful volume changes.

Call Dr. Steele’s Team about Fat Transfer vs Dermal Fillers

If you are considering cosmetic enhancement but feel overwhelmed with the available options, you are not alone. Fortunately, modern procedures such as dermal filler injections and fat transfer are options to improve your concerns.  The two treatments are different, and our team will take the time to best develop a personalized treatment plan for your situation.

To speak with Dr. Steele or a team member about fat transfer or dermal fillers, contact our office today.