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
What Additional Treatments Are Recommended to Complement a Fat Transfer?
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.
New Orleans Facial Fat Transfer FAQs
Fat grafting is a process in which donor fat is taken from one part of the body and transferred to another. Common uses for fat grafting are in buttock augmentation and facial rejuvenation.
The removal of fat is called harvesting from what is known as the donor site. While fat is distributed all over the body, certain areas of the body make better donor sites than others. The “love handles” on the sides of the torso and abdomen are generally the sites most often used. The fat located here is usually abundant, even in men and women who are relatively lean. The fat in this area also tends to be the hardiest, and it is thought that the fat harvested from these areas may translate into better incorporation and longevity in the transfer process.
Fat is aspirated through a very small incision placed in an area that is hidden easily with minimal scaring such as the hip or inside the belly button. A small cannula is inserted under the skin and moved back and forth as it breaks up the fat through this incision. Attached to the end of the cannula is a syringe that serves as a collection tube, generating a negative pressure and acts as a mini vacuum.
For facial fat grafting and other low-volume areas, fat transfer should not leave a dent or divot since the amount of fat transferred is relatively small. Considering that liposuction of the “love handles” can yield up to 600 cc of fat, the 30—80 cc of fat harvested for grafting is almost negligible when it comes to making a visible difference at the donor site.
Most cosmetic surgery clinics, including Etre, perform fat-grafting in-house. This means the surgery is done in the clinic, and there is no need to go to a hospital.
One session is generally all that is needed for patients to get their desired results from facial fat grafting in New Orleans. While some extreme cases may require two visits, this is very rare.
Most fat transfers in New Orleans take between thirty minutes to two hours. Again, this depends entirely upon the individual case and will be clarified with your operating surgeon before beginning the treatment.
During the process, patients will not feel any sensation as the procedure is conducted under local anesthetic – some patients even do fine with light oral sedation.
Most patients experience discomfort for forty-eight hours following the treatment, at which time the majority of swelling has subsided. Oral pain management will be administered according to the patient’s requirements, and it will be at least seven days before you can return to your regular schedule.
Because not all cells live, the “take” varies. However, the fat that does survive will be permanent in most cases. If the fat cells integrate and become part of one’s body, as is the goal of fat transfer, then the results are long-lasting for those cells.
Downtime for fat grafting is generally cosmetic in nature—it is a surface operation. Fat is injected into the tissues below the skin and above any major organ or vessel. The time needed off work is strictly related to the area treated and how the patient feels about the swelling and bruising.
With facial fat grafting, you can expect swelling and possible bruising for up to seven days. Residual mild swelling may reside for another week or two.
The cost of your fat transfer depends on the number of treated areas and the amount of fat removed and transferred during the harvesting process. Your board-certified cosmetic dermatologists will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
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.