What is Facial Fat Grafting?
There are plenty of procedures that can be performed to refresh the youthful fullness and contours of your face. Of these, autologous fat transfer to the face is rising in popularity because it provides natural improvements and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, frequently due to aging, tends to be most noticeable around the jawline, cheeks, and eyes. In this case, an autologous fat transfer to the face can be employed to reduce the most common signs of aging. This technique is also used to increase volume by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face. By removing unwanted fat from your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen can carefully reinstate this extracted fat into the needed sections of your face to produce beautiful, long-lasting results. With an autologous fat transfer to the face, you not only get a refreshed facial appearance, but you are also able to smooth the curves of your body. To get more information about autologous fat transfer to the face, contact our office in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Katzen.
Facial Fat Grafting Reviews
"I got silicone "biopolymers" injected several years ago and got skin discoloration. I have seen many doctors who all made me feel hopeless and that I was going to be butchered open. I made myself a promise by the end of 2019 I was getting this out. I found Dr. Katzen off a referral. I saw Dr. Mir and did not feel he was a fit as well as Dr. Gallerani. I was only have skin discoloration no pain, illness or health issues.I booked with Dr. Katzen paying for the cut procedure as this would hold the operating room for a longer time. His staff was all extremely kind, helpful and responsive.I finally met Dr. Katzen and although I had already paid for the much more expensive cut open technique surgery, he said I was a candidate for lipo removal. I cried tears of joy. During the pre op he thoroughly listened to me and my concerns. As well as my friends concerns. He did not rush me and answered all my questions and never made me feel ashamed. I spoke with the anesthesiologist the night before. Everyone was so friendly and warm. I woke up from surgery with my friend by my side, helpful staff. I was in pain ... but duh I just had major surgery. Dr. Katzen came over and rubbed my arm and reassured me I was ok. Most surgeons are long gone by the time you're awake. They helped me arrange a transport ($400) that took my on the gurney in a Mercedes sprinter and brought me into my hotel room and put me in my bed. All friendly and caring.They called me the next day to check on me. Post op I was so upset saying I will always have discolored skin. Dr. Katzen said no! Q switched laser. All doctors all told me I was going to be botched and discolored for life. I don't know where Dr. Katzen came from, but I am so grateful I found him.Currently 2 weeks post op. Will update. And I am looking ot get a fat transfer in 6 months when allowed."- E. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2020
"Buttock Implants Gave my Body the Shape I Have Always Dreamed Of. - For context, I am 5'4" and weigh 102 lbs. I wanted a Brazilian butt lift but I did not have sufficient fat to do a fat transfer. Dr. Katzen suggested a butt implant. I am so pleased with how full my buttocks look. I finally have curves in all the right places. I am now able to wear all types of clothing and look cute in them."- C.L. / RealSelf / Jun 20, 2022
who is a Candidate for FACIAL FAT GRAFTING?
Facial fat grafting is an excellent alternative for patients who want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of the face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles, like Crow's feet, laugh lines, and smile lines. Transferred fat can also minimize the appearance of pitted areas and scars. You can also add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of a wrinkle filler injection, like Juvéderm or Restylane, a fat transfer is a good treatment if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a candidate for fat grafting, you should have enough extractable fat to meet your goals.
what to expect during FACIAL FAT GRAFTING
Facial fat transfer is a two-part procedure that involves harvesting the fat and the injection. Since such a small amount of fat is required, Dr. Katzen typically uses local or twilight anesthesia for this treatment. To begin, he will perform liposuction to remove fat, which will probably come from your flanks, hips, or abdomen. As soon as the fat is harvested, it will be purified and prepared for injection. Dr. Katzen will use different injection angles and techniques to ensure ideal immersion rates into your skin and to create symmetry. Depending on your customized treatment plan, fat may be transferred to your cheeks, lips, and/or beneath your eyes to add volume, as well as to correct lines and facial depressions.
how long is recovery after FACIAL FAT GRAFTING?
After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be stitched and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will apply dressings, compression garments, and monitor you until you can be sent home with a family member or friend. Before your surgery, we will let you know what to expect after the procedure and give you tips to help you heal faster. Follow-up appointments need to be scheduled at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills so Dr. Katzen can evaluate your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take a couple of weeks to rest and heal. Right away, you may feel sore and experience bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the transfer site(s). You might also notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you can see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with appropriate care, your results should last for many years.
FACIAL FAT GRAFTING FAQs
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a fat transfer to the face and a dermal filler (like Juvéderm and Restylane) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as add facial volume. While fillers can give you wonderful results, a fat graft to the face usually looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want to add and where, Dr. Katzen may suggest starting off with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out what you want and like, Dr. Katzen can perform a fat graft to your face for results that last years instead of months.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with another nonsurgical treatment, such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer), or skin treatment. Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume to improve the proportions of your face, which further enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to Dr. Katzen during your consultation about your wants so he can create a plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that reach all of your goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
The length of time needed for your facial fat graft will vary, depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. As soon as your plan is created in your consultation, Dr. Katzen can go over what you should expect, like the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Katzen takes his time to carefully administer thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results look natural and beautiful.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
A fat transfer can be used in a number of locations to add volume or reduce wrinkles. Fat grafting is great for enhancing the cheeks so they appear fuller and lifted without surgery. In addition, transferred fat can also be used to add volume to your lips. You may also use a fat transfer to fill the hollow areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can also treat scars and wrinkles (like brow furrows and marionette lines). Dr. Katzen will create your unique treatment plan to address all of your concerns and aesthetic goals.
plump up the Volume
Fat transfer procedures are a wonderful way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you long for a younger, brighter appearance with little downtime, we urge you to learn more about facial fat grafting and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. This procedure is an excellent option for patients wanting a natural alternative and lasting results. Call our Beverly Hills, CA office at your earliest convenience to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen.