Dr. Richard Y. Ha, member of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute is a Board Certified plastic cosmetic surgeon, specializing in plastic and cosmetic surgery like tummy tuck, breast implant, enlargement and augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty and face lift. Call us at 214-818-0935.
Dr. Richard Ha - Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute:
9101 North Central Expressway, Suite 600
Dallas Texas 75231
United States
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 5:00pm Tel: (214) 818-0935, E-mail: info@haplasticsurgery.com
Dr. Richard Ha - Legacy Plastic Surgery Institute - Plano Location:
5425 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Suite 120
Plano Texas 75024
Dr. Richard Ha - Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery For Infants and Children - Pediatric Location:
7777 Forest Ln, Suite B-300
Dallas Texas 75230

Fat Transfers / Fat Injections in Dallas & Plano, TX

Fat as a commodity is a “mixed bag” of sorts. For some, it is the very thing that should be removed. For others it is what is desired. And for most, fat re-distribution is ideal – removing from areas of plenty to transfer to areas in need.

Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that aims to achieve these goals. Fat is harvested through liposuction with smaller cannulas to avoid excessive trauma to the fat itself. The donor site for fat is infiltrated with a wetting solution prior to the harvest to help facilitate the liposuction and reduce bleeding. The fat is then filtered and loaded into syringes. This fat is then re-injected into desired areas with small needles or cannulas. This technique is often referred to a fat micrografting, or layering of this fat in threads of small beads.

    Wrinkles, folds, or areas of volume loss of the face, or elsewhere on the body

    • Restores volume with your own natural filler
    • Fat takes as a graft
    • Long lasting
    • Fat Grafts to Nasolabial Folds, Fat Grafts to Glabellar Lines, Fat Grafts to Lips, Fat Grafts to Eyelids
    • Fat Grafting to Tear Troughs or Nasojugal Folds, Fat Grafts to Cheeks, Fat Grafts to Hands, Fat Grafts to Buttocks
    • Length: 30 minutes
    to 3 hours
    • Back to Work:
    1 to 3 days (isolated fat grafts, mild), 7 to 14 days (moderate or substantial fat grafts, or fat grafts combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures)
    • Return to Exercise:
    4 to 7 days (light cardio), 2 to 3 weeks (more strenuous exercise)

Traditionally, fat injections have had mixed results because of a common tendency for resorption – approximately 50 to 60% of any injected fat is eliminated from the body because of incomplete “take.” We now know that grafted materials from our own bodies require an adequate blood supply in order to achieve “take” or survival. Presumably, smaller fat particles will have a greater surface area of contact with the surrounding tissues that have this blood supply, thus improving fat survival. Smaller particle grafting, or micrografting, is what Dr. Ha prefers because of this principle.

Fat can be injected in varying volumes depending on the anatomic site. It is useful as an adjunct to most cosmetic procedures, providing finishing touches in contour. It is particularly useful in providing more fullness in the cheek area and filling in depressed naso-labial folds (deep smile lines) when facelifts are being performed. It can also be utilized as a volume expander, such as in buttock augmentation, or lip augmentation.

Dr. Ha’s technique requires general anesthesia to provide optimal comfort during the fat harvest and injection. Recovery is very quick with most patients returning to activity within days. Bruising can occur at sites of injection and fat harvest, but this usually subsides after a period of 1 to 2 weeks.