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Richmond Fat Grafting

Restore Facial Volume Using Your Own Body Fat

Fat transfer is a revolutionary surgical technique that utilizes your body’s own excess fatty tissue to eliminate the depressions and hollows caused by aging skin, fill in lines and wrinkles, and create full, plump, and fresh facial contours for a healthy, rejuvenated, and youthful appearance.

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injections, involves harvesting your body’s own fat from donor areas (usually the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs) and using it to restore facial volume and enhance the appearance of hollow, gaunt, or thin contours, usually the mid-face, chin, cheeks, and lips. Fat grafting is an ideal procedure for any patient looking to achieve a more youthful appearance, augment facial contours, and improve the shape of the face, as well as augment thin, dry lips. While fat transfer is a perfect procedure for older patients seeking to erase lines and wrinkles and correct loss of facial volume, it is also ideal for younger patients who are dissatisfied with their appearance and want fuller cheeks, more rounded facial contours, or full, luscious lips.

Fat grafting is an incredible rejuvenation and facial reshaping treatment with significant benefits over more traditional rejuvenation techniques. It enables long-lasting results with a very natural look and feel. It is a minimally-invasive technique that can be performed at the comfortable offices of the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in Richmond and Vienna, VA. Yet ensuring naturally-looking, successful results requires extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and advanced grafting techniques, and unfortunately, when performed by an unskilled or inexperienced practitioner, the procedure can lead to cosmetic concerns that can be difficult to correct. Board Certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin have both the experience and skill to ensure that this advanced facial fat grafting technique results in a youthful, healthy appearance with full, naturally-beautiful facial contours!

Why is Our Own Fat AGreat Filler?

Previously, facial volume restoration could only be accomplished with artificial filler materials grown in labs. However, artificial fillers carry a high risk of rejection by the body’s immune system. Also, injected fillers are usually re-absorbed by the body over time, making repeated injections necessary to maintain long-lasting results. Because fat transfer involves use of your body’s own tissues, risk of rejection is significantly lower and the graft is more likely to become a permanent part of your facial contours.

Moreover, fat transfer harnesses the incredible power of stem cells, which are most abundant in fat cells. Recent studies now show that stem cells play a dramatic role in maintaining our skin’s health and well-being. These cells improve circulation and help our skin maintain elasticity. During fat transfer, stem cells help speed the healing process, reduce the risk of rejection, and improve the long-term success of the procedure. In fact, this is the only FDA-approved use of stem cells for aesthetic purposes.

Your Fat Grafting Procedure

Your facial fat transfer procedure will involve harvesting excess fat from a donor site (usually the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs) using a small, sterile cannula which minimizes both incisions and scarring. The harvested fat is then spun in a centrifuge to sterilize it and to remove all impurities. It is placed in a state-of-the-art micro-syringe, enabling it to be injected in extremely small quantities, thereby ensuring smooth distribution and increasing the likelihood that the transplanted fat will become fused with existing tissue. Immediately after the procedure, excessive facial expression and massage should be avoided to avoid migration of the tissue. Patients may experience minimal swelling and slight bruising, and your results will continue to improve as the swelling subsides over the course of the next 2-3 weeks.

Contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery

At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, with offices conveniently located in Richmond and Tyson’s Corner, our ultimate goal is to ensure you achieve naturally-gorgeous results that reflect your inner beauty and vitality, while providing you with excellent medical care that maintains and supports your health and well-being. Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are both Board Certified in plastic surgery with extensive specialized training and decades of experience, enabling them to stay abreast of the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. Their dedication to the powerful combination of cutting-edge techniques, open and honest communication, and a patient-centric philosophy is sure to maximize your safety and comfort, while ensuring simply stunning, simply amazing results!

If you are interested in a fat grafting procedure or you would like more information on any of our surgical or non-surgical rejuvenation procedures, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Our ultimate goal is to achieve an end result which is as natural as possible and to provide you with excellent medical care.We look forward to meeting you soon.

Sincerely, Dr. Burton M. Sundin & Dr. Reps B. Sundin

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