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It may be hard to think ahead to the sunny days of spring and summer when you’re in the depths of winter, but if you are considering having a cosmetic procedure to be ready for the spring, now is the best time to do it. Liposuction and fat grafting are just two of the procedures you might be considering.

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Even though you may think you have plenty of time, now is the perfect time to consider liposuction. Liposuction requires a recovery period during which you will experience bruising and swelling. This swelling can last up to a couple of weeks, and your results will only be final once the swelling has subsided. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you will be fully recovered in time for the warm weather.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction permanently removes localized pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It can eliminate unwanted fat cells in the:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Flanks
  • Upper Arms
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Neck

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat cells from the body through the use of a hollow needle (cannula) and suction.

Step 1: Separation

Liposuction begins by using tumescent injections to separate the unwanted fat cells from each other (as well as their surrounding attachments) safely and comfortably. An anesthetic is also injected to numb the area and help control bleeding.

Step 2: Aspiration

Aspiration means to remove fat cells using suction. Because the unwanted fat has already been loosened and numbed, the suction is more comfortable and results in less scarring. The fat cells removed through aspiration are eliminated for good, so you can enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results.

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Just as you want your body to look slim and trim for the summer, you want your face to shine as well. If aging and gravity have caused your face to lose definition, now is a prime time to do something about it. Dr. Hiatt performs fat grafting to help patients return fullness and definition to facial regions that may have lost them.

What Is Fat Grafting?

Even though the word “fat” is on just about everyone’s naughty list, fat also has its benefits. While excess fat on your body may give you the feeling that you look older than you are, fat on the face is what provides a youthful aesthetic. Facial fullness is achieved by having adequate amounts of fat in areas like your cheeks and around your mouth and eyes. Aging, gravity, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices all contribute to the lessening of this needed “padding” on your face. When you lose facial fat, your profile can begin to appear aged, gaunt, and thin. Fat grafting can reverse the appearance of this loss and is guaranteed to leave you feeling ready for the beach.

Fat grafting is the process of taking unwanted fat from one area of the body and moving it to another region that needs enhancement. Fat grafting is the ideal procedure to combine with liposuction. If you are already considering liposuction, or already have a liposuction procedure planned and have experienced a significant loss of facial volume, you may want to think about transferring some of the unwanted fat cells to achieve a higher level of transformation and rejuvenation.

The Procedure:

Dr. Hiatt performs fat grafting by first performing liposuction on regions where there are excess, localized pockets of fat. Common areas for this procedure are the abdomen, thighs, flanks, and buttocks. Once these fat cells are removed, they are purified and then injected into your face. These areas commonly include:

  • Cheeks
  • Around the eyes
  • Around the mouth
  • Deep wrinkles and folds
  • Depressed scars

Now Is the Time

Fat grafting returns youthfulness to the contours of your face. Instead of sunken features and depressed scars, you can enjoy natural plumpness and volume. As the material injected into your face is from your own body, there is no chance of allergic reaction or rejection, making it ideal for patients who desire increased fullness in the face and less fat in other areas of the body. Although the injection of fat into your face requires minimal downtime, your face will be swollen for at least one week, and it often takes several weeks for your final results to become visible. It also takes times to heal from your liposuction.

While there is never a wrong time to undergo liposuction or fat grafting, if you want to show off your results during the spring and summer, then now is the ideal time for you. By undergoing these procedures in the fall or winter, you can ensure that you will be able to put your best face forward when the warm weather returns.

If you want to get yourself ready for fun in the sun, contact Dr. Karl Hiatt by calling (480) 844-1410 to schedule a consultation.