3 Advantages Of Using Fat As A Dermal Filler

Posted on: 16 October 2017


Dermal fillers are an easier method than surgery to reduce lines and wrinkles, which gives your skin a smoother appearance. With many types of fillers available, you may want to consider using your own fat as the dermal filler material.

One Substance, Multiple Uses

If you are considering a body contouring procedure that involves liposuction, you may also want to consider using the same fat as a dermal filler. Many people choose their abdomen or buttocks as the donor site to harvest fat. If your doctor does multiple types of procedures, they may be willing to use the fat on areas of your body where you want better contours in addition to smoothing out deep lines on the face. Even if you are not considering body contouring, you may notice slight benefits by having fat harvested from other locations on your body and used as a filler. This can be ideal for people who have smaller, stubborn areas of fat and would feel better about their appearance with a modest change in their body.

Minimizing Rejection Concerns

Just because you are using your own body fat as a filler does not mean there are no risks, but the procedure may go smoother if you can avoid foreign or synthetic materials inside your body. Some people can have adverse reactions from other types of fillers and the reaction may go away on its own or lead to long-term problems. There is generally no way to predict how your body might respond to different types of filler materials. For example, some people may experience an extensive inflammatory response, which could lead to scar tissue formation or the filler might make the area lumpy. Using your own body fat will reduce the likelihood of your body having an extreme reaction because it is not a foreign substance.

Possibly Longer Results

With fat injections, there is always the chance the fat will not survive in its new location. Since it a living organism, it will need to have a blood supply once it is injected. Fortunately, fat cells that do not survive are usually absorbed by the body and do not pose a threat. Your doctor can simply perform the procedure again to replace areas that did not work during the first treatment. Unlike many types of fillers that simply become absorbed by the body over time, once your fat is successfully transferred, it will stay in the transplant location. Much like liposuction or using fat to contour areas of your body, fluctuations in your weight will change the long-term results. If you lose weight in the future, it is possible the transplanted fat will decrease in your face.

Using your body fat as a filler material can be a good method of recycling unwanted fat. Whenever possible, using your fat to improve your cosmetic appearance may result in fewer adverse events.