About Fat Transfers
When a man or woman has weight fluctuations or moves through the normal aging process, they lose shape and fullness in specific body areas, like the face, where volume once resided. A terrific way to restore facial volume that has been lost is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as a facial fat transfer. A fat transfer extracts fat from one area on the body and injects it into a specific area on the face that could benefit from additional volume. Fat transfer procedures can be performed on delicate areas such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when an individual hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a substance such as a filler. Houston, TX plastic surgeons Drs. Peter Chang and Ankur Mehta are skilled at using the most advanced liposuction and grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement at Timeless Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land, TX creates natural-looking, appealing outcomes. We look forward to helping you achieve your best look yet.
Facial Fat Transfer Reviews
"Thank you, Dr. Chang! You are a true artist and master of your craft. I'm thrilled with my results from my breast augmentation procedure. I love the way everything fits. I also had neck and jowl liposuction and a fat transfer to my face. It worked out wonderfully and I am so thrilled with how everything came together. I truly appreciate the amazing transition. Dr. Chang was so professional and extremely caring in his treatment during and after my cosmetic surgery procedures. The girls at Timeless Plastic Surgery are so wonderful and I'm excited to see each of you during my visits! What a wonderful experience! See you soon!"- M.B. / Google / Aug 22, 2016
Men and women who wish to have more smoothness and volume in specific places on the face that appear depleted of natural fullness may be appropriate candidates for the fat grafting (transfer) procedure. This specialized enhancement is even more desired because it provides an autologous way to produce results by incorporating the patient's fat tissue. By doing this, there is less risk or concern for rejection. Both women and men at Timeless Plastic Surgery considering this procedure need to be at a certain weight and have fat to extract for the transfer.
When undergoing a facial fat transfer, you will be put under the appropriate kind of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method will depend on how much fat tissue is being taken out, including the area where it will be placed. A form of liposuction is completed using a special cannula to precisely extract the fat, so it can be harvested and separated inside a centrifuge (which preps the highest quality fat for syringes). After prepping the injection site, the extracted fat will be transferred into the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting is completed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, numerous injections will be necessary.
What to Expect
After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing phase. Remember, there are two different areas on the body that need to be carefully treated: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The recovery process may be longer if a larger area on the face was addressed. As an example, a fat transfer for lip enhancement will typically only warrant a 1 – 2-day healing period whereas a transfer to the cheeks can take a few more days. Each area will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the outcomes can be noticed almost immediately. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will look slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting outcomes, but there will be some fat that reabsorbs back to the body. In some patients, another transfer may be necessary later on. There is almost no scarring that is noticeable with this treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
The cost for a facial fat transfer will vary greatly depending on a number of factors including where the fat is being removed and how much is needed to attain your results. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during the consultation, along with pricing for you to consider.
Does it look natural?
Yes, a fat transfer looks natural if performed by a skilled, experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Fat grafting techniques have advanced greatly in the last decade, allowing for an easier process, faster recovery, and beautiful aesthetic outcome. Whether you are desiring to enhance your lips or cheeks, a facial fat transfer is an autologous approach that many patients prefer over implants.
How long will the results last?
A fat transfer offers beautiful, effective results that can last for years. Dr. Chang and Dr. Mehta use the latest techniques to purify and graft fat to minimize reabsorption. However, there is usually still a small amount of the transferred fat that does not attach to its new location, so Dr. Chang and Dr. Mehta typically add slightly more fat than needed. If you want to enhance or touch-up your results after a few years, a second fat transfer may be performed.
Alternative treatments or considerations?
Just like with any cosmetic treatment, there are a number of options for patients who simply desire to increase volume on the face to improve a deflated or hollow look. For example, while a fat transfer offers natural, subtle volume increases for the face, injectable fillers are a popular alternative. We will discuss all of the various options during your consultation so that you can get the result that will match both your personal and aesthetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat?
This is, unfortunately, the case with some patients. Men and women alike who are relatively thin with limited fat to extract may not be candidates for fat transfers as they pertain to the body. We will discuss the best areas to extract the fat and analyze if there is enough fat to take to achieve the results you are trying to attain. For patients who simply do not have the body fat needed to complete this procedure, fillers, implants, or donor fat can be considered.
Take the Natural Approach
If you are looking to get more voluptuous lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this procedure may be a great option. This treatment offers many choices for adding volume and fullness. It can also help you to achieve the look you wish for without choosing to undergo a major surgery that might require a long recovery period. We welcome you to get in touch with our staff to make your consultation at Timeless Plastic Surgery.