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Fat Grafting

Modern medicine has provided us with liposuction techniques to harvest excess fat and to harness its positive cushioning and regenerative effects. Fat aspirate clusters derived from our body fat tissue are termed autologous or self-derived. Fat is a natural volumizer and arguably the ideal long-term filler for the face, breasts, cleavage, dorsum of hands, scars, and body areas. Fat contains a vast array of regenerative cells populations including adult stem cells. The ongoing renaissance in fat grafting can be attributed to precision sizing of fat aspirate clusters and its expanding clinical applications in cosmetic surgery and regenerative medicine. To learn more about fat grafting treatment offerings at Hogue Clinics, please contact us today to request your complimentary consultation.

About Fat Grafting

Fat grafting may be used to treat undesirable scar depressions, volume deficits or surface contour irregularities involving the skin and subcutaneous tissues.

At Hogue Clinics, an autologous fat grafting treatment is an office-basedminimally-invasive procedure that involves harvesting fat tissue using traditional liposuction, precision sizing the fat aspirate clusters, then grafting the fat aspirate clusters for cosmetic enhancement, volume correction, and regeneration of aged or damaged tissues. Popular areas for fat grafting at Hogue Clinics include the face, breasts, cleavage, dorsum of hands, scars, skin depressions, and penis (ManShot).

Fat harvesting to obtain fat aspirate clusters is the first step of the fat grafting process. Fat is harvested using the tumescent technique that involves injecting a local anesthetic solution containing dilute lidocaine, epinephrine, and bicarbonate.

What are Fat Aspirate Clusters?

At Hogue Clinics, fat aspirate clusters is a term that refers to particles of fat that have been harvested, processed, and prepared for deployment (injection) as an autologous biologic agent. In other words, fat aspirate clusters are the injectable form of fat after harvesting and processing. Injectable fat functions to cushion, volumize, shape, and rejuvenate tissues that are aged, atrophied, depleted, deflated, distorted, and in need of tissue regeneration. Since fat is completely natural, it does not have the potential for causing an allergic reaction, unlike synthetic fillers.

With advancements in biologic fat tissue preparation, the autologous fat grafting procedure is changing the ways in which harvested fat can be used for a host of clinical applications. Discover how Dr. Hogue at Hogue Clinics has taken autologous fat grafting to a new dimension through his innovation and technical expertise.

Areas Treated

For your convenience, the following autologous fat grafting treatment categories have been established:

FACIAL FAT PADS

Autologous fat grafting is a key volumizing tool used by today’s fat grafting surgeon for rejuvenation of the aging face. Targeted injections of tiny fat aspirate clusters can restore volume to atrophied, depleted facial fat pads, thereby addressing a primary cause of facial aging. Loss of facial fat pad volume surrounding the eye and temple regions is one of the earliest signs of facial aging. Loss of fat volume surrounding the eyes presents a tired, hollowed, and skeletonized appearance. Facial fat grafting can be used for nearly the entire face, including the mid- and lower-face. Fat grafting is ideal for restoring a youthful, rejuvenated facial appearance. The results are long-lasting, often lasting up to 6-10 years. Common areas of the face treatable by autologous fat grafting include the forehead, temples, eyebrows, eyelids, cheeks, jawline, skin folds, acne scar areas, and areas surrounding the mouth.

DORSUM OF THE HANDS

For years, a telltale sign of aging has been the appearance of a one’s hands. Aging of the hands often appears as thinned or flaccid skin, prominent tendons and veins, and muscle atrophy. The dorsum of the hands is the opposite side of your palms. Unfortunately, this area is apparent and visible for all to see. Loss of fat involving the dorsum of the hands combined with thinning skin leaves underlying veins, tendons, and muscles to become prominently visible. With autologous fat grafting, instant long-lasting hand rejuvenation is possible. Watch the Hogue Clinics “Autologous fat grafting to the dorsum of the hands” treatment video performed by Dr. Hogue and uploaded to youtube.com.

BREAST CLEAVAGE & BREASTS

Autologous fat grafting is an exciting and innovative way to achieve a natural breast cleavage and natural breast appearance for women with small or hypoplastic breasts. If you are interested in natural appearing breasts and breast cleavage using autologous fat grafting, then contact Hogue Clinics to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hogue.

PENIS (MANSHOT)

Autologous fat grafting of the penis, known as the ManShot, is an effective treatment for increasing penile girth and overall size. To be an eligible candidate for the ManShot, a prospective patient’s penis must already be circumcised. Watch the Hogue Clinics “ManShot” treatment video performed by Dr. Hogue and uploaded to youtube.com to decide if this treatment appeals to you. If interested in learning more about the ManShot, please contact Hogue Clinics to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hogue.

Ideal Candidate

The deal candidate for an autologous fat grafting treatment is a healthy, non-smoking individual that is looking to naturally enhance or improve face or body areas that are amenable to treatment. Smokers will be advised to stop smoking for at least two weeks beforehand, and completely abstain from smoking for 2 months following their fat grafting procedure. For obvious reasons, the ideal candidate should have a steady weight and possess a surplus supply of fat to allow for harvesting of sufficient fat tissue for the treatment to be performed.

Procedure

The autologous fat grafting treatment involves local anesthesia and numbing, fat tissue harvesting by liposuction, fat aspirate cluster processing, deployment (fat injections), then discharge to home. At Hogue Clinics, a fat grafting treatment takes several hours to perform and is safely performed with the patient awake using local anesthesia and oral sedation. After the treatment is performed, our office provides aftercare instructions. A routine follow-up visit is scheduled with Dr. Hogue at about 1 week, then periodically thereafter for 4 months.

Recovery and Results

Avoidance of smoking, including avoidance of second-hand smoke exposure for at least three months following a fat grafting treatment is essential to avoiding a poor fat grafting outcome. Compared with synthetic fillers such as Juvederm®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®, autologous fat grafting is less expensive (volume to volume comparison). Grafted fat, along with its intrinsic regenerative cell populations, provides both cosmetic and regenerative benefits to the treated area. Grafted fat is an alive, naturally-occurring tissue within the body. Grafted fat continues to show benefits over time, often for years and decades.

Consultation

Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Hogue, provides a complimentary consultation to determine candidacy for a fat grafting procedure. Based on selection criteria, clinical indication, and desired outcome, a customized treatment plan is developed specific for each patient. Fat grafting requires expertise, experience, artistry, and technical proficiency due to the complex requirements and skillful know-how necessary to achieve a world-class clinical outcome. Dr. Hogue is an experienced innovative surgeon with world-class expertise to provide his patients with world-class results.

Pricing

A price quote for an autologous fat grafting treatment is provided at your consultation with Dr. Hogue. Contact Hogue Clinics today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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