Facial Fat Transfer
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Fat injection is a procedure whereby fat is removed by non-invasive liposuction of the belly or thighs/flanks and injected into flat or hollow parts of the face. Isolated areas such as the cheeks can be injected alone. Some people, especially thin people and athletes, desire full facial augmentation. It is effective for filling deep facial lines, sunken cheeks, sunken eyes, descended brows, nasolabial folds, deflated lips, and the hollow crease in front of the jowls.
Advantages of Fat Transfer
Fat transfer is an excellent procedure for you if you want long-term facial enhancement without the need for repeat injections of fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, etc.
- Softer, smooth, and completely natural results.
- Versus injectable fillers, the effect is long lasting and possibly permanent. You do not have the relatively quick deflation of tissues that require regular re-injection.
- For people that require larger volumes, it is more cost-effective over the years.
While the cost of fat transfer may be larger than a one-time treatment of injectable fillers, the cost of repeat injection of fillers can add up and be more than the cost of one fat transfer that will last longer.
- Non-surgical procedure to reshape the face.
- No risk of allergy or rejection
- Can be done in the office
No Downtime: Simple, Safe, No Incisions
The procedure can be done under local anesthesia with a very small level of sedation. There is little to no downtime. You may have some swelling, but the procedure itself has minimal discomfort, if any.
Our physicians perform fat injections by using a new micro-droplet technique. Micro-droplets are very small amounts of fat that are injected in a way to give a smooth feel and look. In addition to a smoother and more natural appearance, the micro-droplet technique allows for more of the fat to stay alive and healthy. This is a recent development which decreases the likelihood of any lumpiness.
Fat may also contain stem cells that improve the overall health of the facial tissues. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can become any one of a number of cells. They can help repair parts of aging tissues other than fat. Many patients who have undergone the procedure say that the appearance of their skin has improved as well. Current medical studies aim to validate that the cause of this is the stem cells’ transferred fat.
Fat grafting (fat transfer) is a minimally invasive technique with little to no downtime. The fat is removed from areas of adequate fat. The best areas for this are:
- Thighs (inner and outer)
- Flanks, saddlebags
Facial Fat Transfer for Enhancing Facelift Results
Our physicians often perform fat transfer at the same time as a Facelift. The reason for this is because a Facelift does not improve hollowed areas of the face. These need to be augmented (filled) with volume. Since the patient is already in the operating room, this is a great opportunity to improve facial contour by injecting fat in a tasteful artistic way.
Everything you could ask for in a Plastic Surgeon! The staff is amazingly supportive and so helpful walking you through any process. So grateful for all of them! – BA
Frequently Asked Questions
Facial reshaping through fat transfer is great for those with:
- Thin face from exercise
- Gaunt face from exercise and age
- Asymmetry of face
- Mid-face (cheek) flatness or retrusion
- Bottom heavy face with jowls
- Sunken eyes
Yes, fat transfer can be performed in the office with local anesthesia and sedation. It is a simple, safe procedure which takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on how many parts of the face are being treated.
This really depends on how much fat is being removed and from where. If you would like more fat to be removed than what is used for fat transfer, more extensive liposuction can be performed. Most patients who undergo fat transfer see a tasteful reduction in fat from the areas that are used.
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