Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process. Collagen production slows over time, causing the skin to sag and wrinkles to form. At the same time, most people tend to lose fat stores in the face as they age, resulting in sunken areas. In particular, hollow cheeks or sunken under eyes are common signs of aging. Our Los Angeles fat transfer surgery is a solution to this issue, using the patient’s own fat to restore lost volume. This procedure yields incredibly natural-looking results and restores a youthful appearance. Dr. Ourian has trained at some of the top institutions in the United States and is proud to offer the best fat transfer Los Angeles patients can obtain.
Fat transfer to the face is a surgical procedure designed to augment areas such as the lips or restore volume in the cheeks, under eyes, or other areas that may be lost due to aging. Fat grafting is often chosen as an alternative to dermal fillers for more permanent and natural-looking results.
Facial Fat Transfer
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 1 - 2 Hours
Recovery Time: 3 - 5 Days
Anesthesia: Local or General
Patients who face volume loss in areas of the face such as the cheeks and have adequate fat in “donor areas” such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, or thighs are typically good candidates for facial fat grafting. It is also a good option for those who are interested in dermal fillers but have concerns about allergies or other negative reactions to foreign substances. Because facial fat grafting is a minor surgery, you must be adequately healthy for the procedure.
Before fat can be added to the face, it must first be removed from a donor area elsewhere in the body. Your Beverly Hills facial fat transfer surgery by performing liposuction to extract fat. Usually, fat is taken from areas such as the hips, abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. This fat is then prepared for injection. Once prepared, fat is then injected into the areas of the face the patient wishes to treat, such as the cheeks, lips, or undereyes. After facial fat grafting, only about 50% of the injected fat will establish a proper blood supply and survive. For this reason, more fat than is necessary to achieve the intended results is injected. However, because this is somewhat unpredictable, a patient may need to have multiple sessions of fat grafting to achieve their ideal results.
Dr. Ourian’s Beverly Hills facial fat grafting procedure may be performed under general or local anesthesia. The procedure takes about 45 minutes to complete, on average.
After facial fat grafting, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in both your face and the donor site. Ice packs can be used to alleviate this swelling. You should ideally keep your head elevated to help reduce swelling as much as possible.
Most patients require at least two days of downtime to rest and heal. After, you can return to work, school, or your regular routine. Some bruising or soreness might persist for about a week to ten days.
Final results from of your fat transfer surgery are usually seen about three months after the procedure. At this point, the fat that remains has established a proper blood supply and is permanent.
Because liposuction is necessary to complete facial fat grafting, it’s common for patients to combine the procedure for more areas than they would address to achieve the fat grafting alone. For example, if your thighs are acting as the donor site for your facial fat grafting procedure, it’s also an option to have additional liposuction performed to contour the hips or abdomen during the surgery.
Facial fat grafting can also be performed alongside other procedures that address signs of aging. For example, you may have wrinkles or fine lines that are the result of repeated facial expressions. This can be treated using Botox. A facelift or blepharoplasty can also be paired with facial fat grafting to address sagging skin and wrinkles in the lower part of the face or the eyelids. In this way, patients can achieve a more complete rejuvenation.
The cost of facial fat transfer in Los Angeles procedure will vary depending on the extent of your procedure, the type of anesthesia used, and other factors. Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will give you a more specific cost estimate for your facial fat grafting procedure after a consultation appointment.
Frequently asked questions
- Is facial fat transfer permanent?
- After facial fat grafting, some of the transferred fat will be resorbed. This occurs within the first several months after the procedure. Fat that successfully becomes established in the face will remain permanently. This makes facial fat grafting a longer-lasting option compared to dermal fillers, for example.
- Is facial fat transfer painful?
- After your facial fat grafting procedure, you may feel some discomfort. Dr. Ourian will prescribe medications as necessary to relieve any pain you might experience through the healing process. Most patients can quickly forego pain medication or use over-the-counter options.
- Is facial fat transfer better than dermal fillers?
- Compared to dermal fillers, facial fat transfer lasts far longer, and the results are often more natural-looking. Choosing the right procedure for you depends on a variety of factors ranging from your cosmetic goals to your budget. Dr. Ourian will thoroughly review your options and help guide you to the best treatment plan for your needs.