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Acne Scar Treatment: Autologous Fat Transfer

In autologous fat transfer for acne scar treatment, a patient's own fat is used to fill in depressed acne scars for smoother skin texture and appearance.

Acne Scar Treatment: Autologous Fat Transfer

The Skinny


Average Recovery

2 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$350 - $2500

The Specifics


What is an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure?

There are numerous treatment options for acne scarring. Autologous fat transfer is considered a “natural” cosmetic surgery method given the filler used is the patient’s own fat cells. The use of autologous fat provides similar benefits to dermal fillers without the risk of rejection or allergic reaction. Fat will be naturally resorbed by the body which may affect results, although most plastic surgeons are able to compensate for this in the initial procedure. The liposuction fat grafting technique is the same seen in other plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, body contouring, buttock augmentation, and facelifts.

What cosmetic concerns does an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure treat?

  1. Acne Scars: Direct injections of autologous fat, which is a patient's own fat taken via a fat grafting liposuction procedure, fills in and smooths pitted, depressed acne scarring.

Who is the ideal candidate for an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure?

The ideal candidate for an autologous fat transfer procedure is an adult over the age of 18 with depressed acne scars. An autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure is not recommended for those with coagulation or lipid metabolism disorders, low body fat/weight individuals, an active acne breakout, or more severe acne scarring that would be better served by an alternative procedure.

What is the average recovery associated with an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure?

The recovery time following an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure is typically one week to 10 days. In some individuals, swelling may persist for weeks. Most candidates resume work and normal activities within one week.

What are the potential side effects of an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure?

Possible side effects from an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure include bruising, pain, redness, prolonged swelling, fat calcification, fat necrosis, asymmetry, and infection.

What can someone expect from the results of an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure?

The results of an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure will be noticeable after the procedure. Given the unpredictability of fat reabsorption sometimes multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results. Maintenance treatments may be needed every one to five years.

What is the average cost of an autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure?

An autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure can cost anywhere from $350 to $2,500. The actual cost of a autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure is dependent upon location, board certified provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.

Pros

More natural than dermal fillerLess risk of rejectionLong lasting

Cons

Possible asymmetryUnpredictable rate of fat reabsorption

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Autologous fat transfer for acne scarring is a surgical skin rejuvenation procedure to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an autologous fat transfer procedure:

The Takeaway


Autologous fat transfer for acne scars procedure provides temporary, yet effective enhancements to depressed acne scars for a natural looking, more youthful appearance and overall facial rejuvenation.

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