Facial Fat Grafting (Autologous Fat Transfer to the Lips and Cheeks) – Novato, CA

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About Facial Fat Grafting

There are plenty of treatments that rejuvenate the youthful fullness and contours of your face, but fat grafting to the face is increasing in popularity due to its natural outcomes and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, often due to aging, tends to be most noticeable around the jawline, cheeks, and eyes. Fat grafting to the face can be used to reduce the most common signs of aging, and it rebuilds fullness by smoothing lines, wrinkles, and folds throughout your face with your own fat. By removing unwanted fat from your body, plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas can skillfully apply the fat into the needed parts of your face for lasting, beautiful results. With fat grafting to the face, you not only get a rejuvenated facial appearance, but you also get to improve your body. To find out more about fat grafting to the face, contact Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato in Novato, CA to make an appointment.

Ideal Candidates

Facial fat grafting is good if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles, like Crow's feet, laugh lines, and smile lines. Grafted fat can also reduce the appearance of acne scars and pitted areas. 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 option if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a candidate for fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat to meet your goals.

Surgical Technique

Fat transfer is a two-part surgery that includes harvesting the fat and placement. Since such a small amount of fat is needed, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas typically use local or twilight anesthesia. To begin, we will perform liposuction to remove fat, which will probably come from your flanks, hips, or abdomen. When the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. We will use various techniques and injection angles to ensure high immersion rates into your skin and to create evenness. Based on your plan, fat may be grafted to your cheeks, lips, and/or below your eyes to add volume, as well as to improve lines and facial scars.

What to Expect

After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be sutured and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. We will then apply dressings, compression garments, and monitor you until you can be sent home with a friend or family member. Before your surgery, we will tell you what to expect after surgery and how you can heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled at Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato so we can assess your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take a few weeks to rest and recover. At first, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the grafted area(s). You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you'll be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with good care, your results should last for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Costs for facial fat grafting will include fat removal and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, we will determine how much fat is needed to create your desired volume and will prepare a custom plan. Then we can begin to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. So your procedure is easier to afford, Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.

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 volume. While dermal fillers can give you beautiful results, a facial fat transfer typically looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want added and where, we may suggest starting with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out what you want, we can perform a fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment, such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume to improve the balance of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to us during your consultation about your wants so we can create a plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that reach all your cosmetic goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
How long it takes to complete your fat transfer will vary, depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. When your plan is created in your consultation, we can go over what you should expect, for example, the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Our plastic surgeons will take their time to carefully inject thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results look natural.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to add volume or decrease wrinkles. Fat grafting is ideal to augment the mid-face so that this area appears fuller and lifted without surgery. In addition, fat can also be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You may also get a fat transfer to fill the sunken or hollow areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can also correct scars and wrinkles, like brow furrows or marionette lines. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will create your personal treatment plan to address your concerns and cosmetic goals.

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Increased Volume

Fat transfer procedures are an incredible way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you long for a younger, radiant appearance with little downtime, we invite you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. It is an excellent option for patients wanting a natural improvement and lasting results. Call our Novato, CA office right away to schedule your consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas for this cutting-edge procedure.

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