About Facial Fat Grafting
With advancements being made in the cosmetic industry every day, there are now plenty of options available to patients to restore the youthful fullness and contours of the face. Of these techniques, facial fat grafting has grown in popularity tremendously because of the natural-looking results and long-lasting benefits it provides for the skin. Lost volume, often caused by aging, tends to be most noticeable in the areas around the jawline, cheeks, and eyes. In these cases, facial fat grafting is performed to reduce some of the more typical signs of aging by adding plumpness and smoothing facial wrinkles and folds throughout the face with your own natural fatty tissue. By harvesting excess fat from various areas of your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson can artfully re-inject the purified fat to the desired areas of your face for beautiful, lasting results. With facial fat grafting, you may see an improvement to not only your face but your body as well. To learn more about facial fat grafting, contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic in San Diego, CA and schedule your private consultation.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
A fat transfer can help if you want to add volume that looks natural to certain areas throughout the face. Fat grafting can improve the appearance of wrinkles, like Crow's feet, laugh lines, and smile lines. Fat may also be used to improve the visibility of acne scars and sunken areas of your face. You may also enhance your cheeks and lips for a rejuvenated appearance. With results similar to a wrinkle filler injection, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a facial fat transfer is a great choice for patients seeking results that will last for years. In order to be a good candidate for a facial fat transfer, you need to have enough extra fat on your body to fulfill your goals.
Facial fat grafting is a two-step procedure that involves liposuction and an injection. Since only a minimal amount of fat is removed and grafted, Dr. Laverson typically uses twilight or local anesthesia. To start, liposuction will be performed to extract the unwanted fat, which may be taken from your flanks, hips, or abdomen. Once the fat is harvested, it will be processed and distributed in syringes. Dr. Laverson uses different techniques and injection angles to provide the highest immersion rate into your skin, as well as to create smoothness. Depending on your treatment plan, the fat will be injected into your lips, cheeks, and/or under your eyes to create volume, as well as to fill in lines and facial pits.
What to Expect
Following your fat grafting, your liposuction incisions will be closed before you're sent into recovery. Dr. Laverson will apply wound coverings and monitor you until you are ready to be released. Prior to your procedure, he will let you know what to expect during your recovery. Follow-up appointments will need to be made at our San Diego, CA office so we can monitor your healing and results. Your recovery time will vary, depending on the amount of fat that is taken and grafted, but you should commit up to a week for downtime. Initially, you might notice some swelling and bruising around your face and at the areas of extraction. You will notice some results right after your procedure, but it's going to take a few weeks until you are able to see your final outcomes. A little bit of fat might be reabsorbed by the body, but with proper maintenance, your improvements can last for several years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Your costs for facial fat grafting will include the costs for both liposuction and the specialized injection. After a thorough evaluation is performed, Dr. Laverson will decide how much fat is required to achieve your goals and develop a personalized treatment plan. After this, he can start to calculate your costs.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a fat transfer to the face and an injectable wrinkle filler (like Restylane and Juvéderm) can correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring volume to your face. Although wrinkle fillers produce great results, a fat transfer often lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you'd like added to certain areas, Dr. Laverson might recommend using wrinkle fillers initially. As soon as you've determined your preferences, Dr. Laverson will schedule a facial fat transfer for long-lasting results.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
A fat transfer to the face may be performed with another procedure, like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer can also be a good way to enhance the results of another cosmetic surgery. An increase in facial volume can improve the balance and proportion of your face following a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implant procedure. Talk to Dr. Laverson about all of your needs and wants so he can develop a comprehensive plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that reach all of your aesthetic goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
The procedure time for a facial fat transfer will depend on the amount of fat being taken, plus the volume required to reach your goals. Once your treatment plan is developed, Dr. Laverson will discuss what you can expect, such as procedure time length, and others. Dr. Laverson takes time to carefully graft even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are beautiful and natural.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting can be used in several areas to increase volume or fill in lines. A fat transfer is ideal for augmenting or enhancing the mid-face (or cheeks) or as a natural lip filler. You could also consider a fat graft to improve the hollow, sunken areas under your eyes. A fat transfer to your face may also improve the appearance of pitted acne scars, static wrinkles (for example, marionette lines or brow furrows). Dr. Laverson will develop your customized treatment plan to improve one or more areas of your face based on your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 7 days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
An autologous fat transfer is a wonderful and natural way to add volume, even out lines, and enhance the overall appearance of your gorgeous face. If you long for a more youthful, glowing look but don't want to undergo a procedure with a long recovery time, we encourage you to learn more about facial fat grafting at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. This technique is an excellent choice for patients who desire a natural enhancement and long-lasting results. Contact our San Diego, CA practice today to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Laverson.
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