Facial Fat Grafting in San Diego, CA

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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.

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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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