About Facial Fat Transfer
Nowadays, there are plenty of procedures that refresh the youthful fullness and contours of your face; however, autologous fat transfer to the face is rising in popularity since it provides natural-looking improvements and long-lasting benefits for the skin. Lost volume, frequently caused by aging, is usually most noticeable in the areas around the jawline, cheeks, and eyes. Autologous fat transfer to the face may be used to reduce some of the more typical signs of aging, and it increases volume by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face using your transferred fatty tissue. By liposuctioning extra fat from areas of your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang can carefully place the purified fat to the desired sections of your face for beautiful, long-lasting results. With autologous fat transfer to the face, you don't just see a refreshed facial appearance, you smooth the curves of your body. To get more information about autologous fat transfer to the face, contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to arrange an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Chang.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
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"Dr. Chang and his staff help me to keep my skin youthful throughout the year in a peaceful setting. His staff is kind and helpful. Dr. Chang keeps me apprised of the new treatments available and how they can improve my appearance. I highly recommend scheduling an appointment."- B.B. / Google / Sep 19, 2018
You are potentially a good patient for facial fat grafting if you desire a more refreshed and brighter facial profile by increasing fullness to particular areas on your face. This often consists of those that are noticing the results of aging or individuals who have experienced serious weight loss. It is additionally a promising alternative if you have an aversion, allergy, or intolerance to common dermal fillers. This cosmetic treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that usually does not leave facial scars; individuals have very light scarring from the fat extraction while also receiving an exciting and natural final product. Optimal results occur in individuals who have retained a considerable amount of elasticity in your skin, but wish to attain smoothness and repair volume.
Facial fat transfer is a two-step process that is initiated by the liposuction of certain body parts. In most situations, fat is suctioned from the flanks, hips, or abdomen and only minor amounts of fat are typically needed. The relocated fat is refined to a more organic form so that Dr. Chang can inject them into locations on the face where volume is requested. This is usually an individual's mid-face or cheek area, but can include the lips. Dr. Chang employs different injections angles and techniques to provide ideal immersion rates into your skin as well as to create symmetry.
What to Expect
Depending upon the location where the fat is to be removed, you can expect to be offered local and/or general anesthesia. It's typically a simple outpatient surgery that can be completed in one visit or can be performed simultaneously with other cosmetic surgeries, including brow lift, neck lift, facelift, or eyelid surgery. If you are simply undergoing facial fat grafting, then the healing period should be one week or less with beautiful results noticed in two days. This quick recovery makes the surgery an outstanding selection for a quick, beautiful outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
The cost for a fat transfer is based on how much fat is being extracted and the size of the area that needs volume. Facial fat grafting can run about the same price as some injectable fillers, the difference is that it is a two-step process due to the fact that fat is first removed using liposuction. After a thorough assessment, we will determine how many injections are needed to create the desired volume and will prepare a treatment plan with costs for you to consider.
Filler or fat transfer?
The injectable filler market has made huge strides in offering patients wonderful options for adding facial volume and softness. While many patients prefer fillers for ease and convenience, others desire a natural approach by using their own fat. Both methods create effective, gorgeous results. In addition, both methods only last so long. Whether you use a dermal filler or fat, the result will generally last up to only a couple of years before a touch-up or additional injection is needed. Patients who are very thin and have limited body fat may not be candidates for a fat transfer, thus a filler may be their best option.
Can it be combined with another procedure?
Yes. Facial fat grafting, similar to injectable fillers, can commonly be combined with other treatments such as BOTOX or a laser peel. In addition, patients who undergo facial cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation, often need additional volume to create the soft result they are seeking. Therefore, this procedure has become a popular treatment to complement a surgical result or to enhance the outcome of other nonsurgical skin rejuvenation procedures.
How long does it take?
The procedure time for a facial fat transfer will vary depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. While most dermal filler injections take 30 minutes or less, a facial fat transfer is a more tedious approach due to the treatment process, which is completed in two steps. For most patients, facial fat grafting alone usually takes just about an hour.
Most common areas for use?
Facial fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to fill in volume, add softness, and create a younger-looking effect on the face. It is ideally designed to augment or enhance the mid-face or cheek bones so that this area appears fuller and lifted without having to undergo surgery. In addition, it can also be used as a natural lip filler. We use the most innovative techniques in fat grafting so the results are natural looking and long lasting.
Fat transfer is a wonderful way to add volume, even out dynamic lines, and enhance your gorgeous face. When you long for a more youthful, bright look with a short recovery, we urge you to find out more about fat transfer treatment at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Our staff can sit down with you to help you discover how this can meet your aesthetic goals. It's an excellent choice for patients who want a natural alteration and long-lasting results. Contact our Leesburg, VA practice at your earliest convenience to set up your appointment with Dr. Chang for this cutting-edge procedure.