Facial Fat Transfer – New Orleans
When it comes to facial aging, fine lines and wrinkles are probably what you first think of – but loss of fat plays an important role in how your face changes over time. Subcutaneous fat is what gives the face a plump, youthful texture. But as gravity and aging take their toll on the face, fat atrophies and migrates downward, leaving some areas looking gaunt or hollow.
Men and women now have a minimally invasive option to address these cosmetic concerns: fat transfer to face. Fat transfer is an innovative procedure that uses the patient’s own fat for facial rejuvenation. And since no synthetic substances are used, the chance of an allergic reaction or rejection by the body is very low.
With fat transfer to the face, you can turn back time and restore your natural, youthful vitality.
Fat Transfer to Face: How It Works
The concept behind fat transfer to the face is simple: fat is removed from the patient’s body, and then this fat is injected into areas of the face lacking volume or needing rejuvenation. This procedure is performed in three steps:
- Harvesting the Fat: Fat is typically harvested from areas like the thighs, belly, or buttocks. The fat is removed using a gentle liposuction technique. Tiny incisions will be used, and they are typically placed within natural creases of the body so that any resultant scar is not visible.
- Processing the Fat: The fat must be refined and processed before it can be transferred. This is done using either a centrifuge or a filtration device. Processing the fat ensures that only healthy fat cells will be transferred.
- Transferring the Fat: Once the fat is ready for transfer, another tiny incision will be made in the treatment area. The fat will be injected through this incision using a very thin cannula, which gently and gradually restores volume until the ideal look is achieved.
Is Fat Transfer to Face Right for You?
Over time, you may notice that your lips or cheeks no longer have the youthful appearance they once had. Or, perhaps you feel that they never had the ideal volume to begin with. In either case, a fat transfer to the face can address all of these issues.
Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer include men and women who want to address the following:
- Hollow under eyes
- Gaunt cheeks
- Thin or “deflated” looking lips
- Mild to moderate skin sagging
For added rejuvenation, you may want to explore other treatments that work well as a complement to facial fat transfer. Injectables like BOTOX® and Belotero can provide comprehensive rejuvenation when performed with a fat transfer to the face.
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Fat Transfer to Face: Explore Your Options
Facial fat transfer is a versatile treatment that can be used for a variety of cosmetic purposes. Explore your options below to see which treatment would best suit your needs:
When facial fat atrophies and migrates downward, it can cause the face to look gaunt and more aged. Fat transfer to the face can beautifully restore volume where you need it most, resulting in natural-looking rejuvenation. Whether you’d like to add volume to sunken cheeks or fill in the under-eye area, a fat transfer can give your face a more youthful appearance.
It can also fill in stubborn surface depressions caused by aging, such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Similarly, surface irregularities like deep-pitted acne scars or indentations from facial surgery can also be filled in to restore a smooth texture.
If you’ve always felt like certain areas of your face lacked volume, facial fat transfer can address this, too. Some patients choose to have fat injected into their cheeks for more defined facial contours. The beauty of using fat transfer to augment your facial features is that no implants or synthetic substances are required.
The lips are susceptible to aging just like any other part of the face, and over time, they tend to lose volume. Whether you have naturally thin lips or they have thinned with age, fat transfer to the face can effectively improve their shape and volume. Lip enhancement with fat transfer is completely customizable, allowing you to achieve the most flattering look – and there are no synthetic fillers or implants required.
Fat Transfer to Face: the Être Advantage
Dr. Lisa Donofrio is a renowned expert in fat transfer techniques, and she has performed well over 10,000 fat transfer procedures. Her reputation as an expert extends far beyond New Orleans – Dr. Donofrio is internationally known for her expertise, and she even has a cannula named after her. She also currently serves as the President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Coleman has written several book chapters on the subject of fat transfers and lectures internationally on the topics of fat transfer and facial aging.
Both Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Kyle Coleman of Être Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center are dedicated to staying abreast of the most effective fat transfer techniques, and they are proud to bring this level of skill to their New Orleans patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Results of Fat Transfer Permanent?
Fat that is grafted into tissue is long lasting, much longer than any filler. The fat will continue to age naturally with the rest of the face, so patients can maintain their results with future treatments, if needed.
Are the Results of Fat Transfer Permanent?
Facial fat transfer is minimally invasive, so it does not require a lengthy recovery. Your face may look swollen for the first week, and you might experience mild discomfort. The majority of swelling will subside within a week, and if bruising occurs, it is usually mild and should disappear in a few days.
Is Facial Fat Transfer Performed Under General Anesthesia?
No. The board-certified dermatologists of Être are committed to providing a convenient experience for their patients, which is why they perform fat transfer under local anesthesia. This allows for a much quicker recovery period and significantly reduces your risk of complications.
How Many Fat Transfer to Face Treatments Will I Need?
With fat transfer, not all of the transferred fat cells will survive. For this reason, many patients choose to have several procedures until they reach the desired amount of volume or rejuvenation. Outcomes depend on the patient and the amount of volume loss. Those will more substantial volume loss may take more treatments. Some patients may need a few treatments spaced in intervals of about a month.