A small amount of fat can be harvested from the thighs or abdomen and used to enhance facial volume much like the dermal fillers Juvéderm® and Restylane®. There is no possibility of an allergic reaction since the fat comes from your own body.
This two-part process called Fat Transfer can be used to restore volume to the cheeks, lips, and jowls, and it can also fill lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Some of the fat will be absorbed by the body, although much of it is permanent. It is possible that over time due to fat absorption and continued aging, you could elect to have additional fat transferred to the face.
What can be accomplished by Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer can restore lost volume to the face so that the signs of aging are diminished. Sagging jowls, flattened cheeks, and lines and wrinkles such as marionette lines and nasolabial folds can be improved.
Fat transfer can also be used for lip augmentation to make the lips fuller.
How does Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery Approach Fat Transfer?
We make a tiny incision in the site where the fat will be harvested (usually the thigh or abdomen), and we insert a very small cannula (tube) with a 10cc syringe attached to provide suction and aspirate the fat. We usually fill four to six syringes. This removal of fat is minimal and does not change the appearance of the thigh or abdomen.
Fat transfer is long-lasting and does not have to be repeated as often as dermal fillers. While the body must heal in two locations, recovery time is fast, and it’s a very satisfying procedure for our patients.Dr. David J. Kiener, M.D.
The fat is then spun in a centrifuge to remove non-fat material and make the remaining fat smooth. It is then transferred into smaller syringes to be injected into the face through small openings made with a tiny needle.
Both the harvesting site and the injection sites can be treated using a local anesthetic.
Facial fat transfer is often done in conjunction with other facial aesthetic procedures such as a facelift where the surgery tightens the sagging skin, and the fat transfer counteracts the facial volume loss that occurred over time.
What is Recovery Like After Fat Transfer?
The incision on the thigh or abdomen is very small, so only a few absorbable sutures are needed to close the area. If you experience any bruising, swelling, or discomfort in this area, it should be minor.
The facial injection sites may also experience some slight bruising, swelling, and tenderness, but these symptoms should only last a short time.
You will follow up with us after your procedure to ensure that you are healing well and that you are happy with your results.