Facial Fat transfer for thin people
First, I'm sorry that an over-aggressive blepharoplasty left you with hollowed eyes. Facial fat grafting actually requires very little fat. I have performed facial fat grafting on the faces of athletes and models with very, very little fat. It is always important to take your time when selecting a plastic surgeon for fat grafting, but especially important when you have all ready had a surgery. Fat grafting to correct over aggressive fat removal fat removal can work for both the under eye area and the upper eyelid, in the brow, eyelid junction. When expertly performed, fat grafting will look very very natural and can restore a healthy, youthful and vibrant appearance.
Thank you for the question and you are right you will not need much and I am certain your surgeon will be able to find what he needs
Will I have enough fat if I am thin?
Thank you for a great question and for sharing your experience. I am sorry that your results were not what you wanted. Fat transfer under the eye requires only a small volume, so likely you will be a candidate even though you are thin. I hope you find this helpful. Best wishes!
Consult with a Board Certified Fellowship Trained Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist.
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Fat Transfer in Thin Patient
It only takes very little fat for an adequate treatment to the eyes, even a thin person. Your middle thighs may prove to be the best donor site. Extraction from your abdomen may leave uneven texture.
Best of Luck!
Windell Davis Boutte, MD
Fat Transfer in Thin People
You are correct, it doesn't take much fat to inject around the eyes. Adequate fat donor sites for this area should not be a problem regardless of being thin.
Fat transfer to lower lids
You don't need a lot of fat for a transfer to the lower lids. Most people have some fat - either in the thighs or stomach. The exceptions are people who exercise a tremendous amount and have very little body fat. It is tough to harvest, and often the consistency is very fibrous so it is not optimal for transfer. If you have some fat that you can pinch you should have enough for the transfer.
Even thin people have fat stores
You are correct in recognizing that very thin people can be a challenge for harvesting fat. In your case you suggest that you might be a candidate for periorbital fat transfer, which would generally require at least 10 mL of prepared fat to achieve results that are lasting and effective. Of course, your specifics would be decided during an in-person consultation with a fat transfer specialist.
Even very thin people have fat stores that can be accessed. In those who haven't had these areas manipulated by liposuction, the medial knee, medial thighs, suprapubic region, and axilla are all areas where hand micro harvesting can yield harvest volumes in the 10+mL range for each of those areas.
Your best bet is to visit with a specialist and be examined to consider these harvest locations. As long as a small amount exists in these areas (and they almost always do), then you can still undergo successful fat transfer to the periorbital region.