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Fat Transfer

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About Fat Transfer

Aging can lead to the loss of volume in the fat pads that give our face its shape and contour. This loss of volume transforms once smooth, youthful features into the drooping jowls and deep grooves of an aged face. Restoring lost volume by transferring fat from the abdomen or flanks can help soften deep wrinkles and create more youthful contours to the face. Dr. Hand and the team at Thomas Dermatology, located in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, pay uncompromising attention to detail to ensure you receive the best results possible. 

For more information or to request a consultation please call our dedicated cosmetic line at (702) 505-4327
This was my first visit at Thomas Dermatology and I’m so grateful with the genuine kindness by the staff! I was quite nervous for my appointment but was given some words of encouragement and calmed down quickly! I’m so grateful for them!
Kathryn D.
Dr. Hand was kind, compassionate and honest. I am thrilled and grateful that after one month of having the procedure the deep incision on my cheek is healing beyond my expectations.
Dawn W.
Vanessa Benes is the best! Caring, listens, down to earth, just all around great person & PA. I’m usually in and out within 30 minutes yet never feel rushed. Office is very organized and timely. I see Vanessa and so do my kids absolutely recommend.
Leray A.
Susie Smith has treated me for 10 years. I cannot express enough what excellent care she gives. Very thorough yearly skin checks. She has put my eczema in remission. Cleared up my acne and keeps my face and skin beautiful.
Annie T.
I always have great results with Christine Crovetti. Christine is a perfectionist. She takes her time and is very informative to what you request. I highly recommend her services.
Lorry M.
I got there right on time for my appointment and was called back immediately. Everyone from the nurse to the doctor was exceptional! Very patient, informative, and friendly!
Danny S.
Dr. Lieberman is personable, caring and very thorough. He’s been my dermatologist for over 10 years and he always takes time to discuss issues with me and answer any questions I might have. I never feel rushed and always believe I get the best medical care from him.
Patricia C.
Jordan Spoon was very professional and related really well to my 11 year old who was very nervous to be there. I would highly recommend her.
Marv H.
This is the third dermatology practice I have visited and the first one that treated me with professionalism and skill. I would definitely recommend this practice.
Joanne B.
Reylina was warm yet knowledgeable and professional, and delightful to visit with during my facial. I didn’t feel like she was trying to sell me on any products or services that wouldn’t benefit me and my specific skin type. Would 100% recommend!
Jennie T.
We love Dr. Michaels and Thomas Dermatology. They have been taking care of us for over 25 years, they have helped our whole family.
Annie B.
I took my 7 year old granddaughter to Thomas Dermatology and everyone there was very helpful, professional. Kylee was very patient with my granddaughter. Highly recommend!
Jeanette M.
Great experience as a first time patient. The check in was easy and the receptionist was very professional and friendly. Dr. Corbett was very friendly and easy to talk to about my concerns. She has a great disposition and is a good listener.
Andrew H.
I have been going to Thomas Dermatology for many years, starting at Post Road and now at the Centennial office. I have always been treated with kindness and with utmost professionalism.
Linda O.
It was amazing experience. The staff at the front desk were very friendly. I was taking back on time with no extra wait time. Terry Davis is amazing and very good at what he does. I was in out from the moment I walked in to back in car within 30 minutes.
Dan K.

Fat Transfer Q & A

What is fat transfer?

As the name suggests, this procedure can restore definition and lost volume to your face or other areas by transferring fat cells from other parts of the body. The advantages of fat grafting over other methods of restoring volume like fillers are: fat is abundant, allowing larger volume treatments; the cells transferred are natural, are yours, and will fluctuate with changes in your weight like the rest of the fat cells native to your face; once integrated, the fat cells are permanent and will not degrade, unlike fillers which break down with time. 

Additionally, body fat is one of the best sources of stem cells, containing growth factors that provide many additional therapeutic benefits. When your provider transfers fat from other areas of your body to volumize your face, they bring stem cells along as well. These stem cells positively impact collateral tissue growth that extends well beyond just the treatment area, contributing to a more comprehensive improvement in your facial harmony.

What is fat transfer used for?

Dr. Hand will remove fat from donor areas of your body that contain excess body fat and process the cells for reimplantation to tissues in the face.  

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What are the benefits of fat transfer?

The many benefits you can expect after fat transfer at Thomas Dermatology include:

  • Improved facial contours
  • Better facial symmetry
  • Fewer lines and wrinkles
  • Glowing skin

Is fat transfer right for me?

The best candidates for fat transfer are individuals who have lost significant facial volume due to aging and need volume spread out over multiple locations to restore the youthful contour of the face. Your Thomas Dermatology provider lets you know if you’re a candidate for fat transfer after discussing your medical history and desired outcome. They complete a physical examination before personalizing a treatment that’s best for you. 

While a fat transfer is a good way to eliminate fat from certain parts of your body, the procedure isn't a weight-loss treatment. You should be at or near your ideal weight prior to undergoing fat transfer.

What should I expect during fat transfers?

Fat transfers are often performed along with other surgical procedures; each with a defined role to help address the various components of aging. In the case of fat grafting, it is the loss of volume in the fat pads of the face that is being addressed. Your surgeon will identify an appropriate donor site on the body from which to harvest the fat - usually the abdomen, flanks, or thighs. The donor site is anesthetized with local anesthesia, and the fat is removed with a gentle liposuction procedure. Only a small amount of fat, the amount needed for treatment, is removed as the procedure is NOT intended to sculpt the donor area like liposuction. 

Once removed, the fat is processed and prepared for reimplantation into the tissues of the face. Paying close attention to detail, your surgeon will instill the fat into the areas you need it the most in order to create a youthful contour. 

What happens after fat transfer procedures?

Recovering from a fat transfer may include some tenderness at the donor and recipient site as well as swelling, bruising, and firmness that usually resolve within the first few weeks of the procedure. Your surgeon will review the recovery process in greater detail during your consultation. 

To learn more about fat transfer at Thomas Dermatology and find out if you’re a candidate, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.