What is a Facial Fat Transfer?
Facial fat transfer is a procedure which moves fat in a purified form to the face. The areas for obtaining fat are usually the abdomen, inner thighs, or flanks. Similar to a filler, once harvested, the fat is added to areas of the face to improve contours and volume.
What Are the Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer?
Benefits of a facial fat transfer procedure performed at Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery include:
- Removal of fat from unwanted areas
- Smoothing lines and wrinkles
- Adding volume to the face
- Enhancing skin texture and tone
- Natural-looking results using your own fat
- Customized treatment plans
- Longer-lasting results when compared to injectable dermal fillers
- Obtaining a younger, fresher look
Facial Fat Transfer Reviews
"I could not have picked a better plastic surgeon! Found out I had a rare tumor growing on my cheekbone, which left an indentation or “dimple” and needed surgery. Dr. K got rid of all of it and I came out amazed! Since the surgery, Dr. K performed a fat transfer and my cheek might look better than before! 🤣 Dr. K and his team work absolute MAGIC and I would recommend them to anyone. Everyone in the office makes you feel so welcomed and cared for. You will be in the best of hands!!"- M.V. / Google / Aug 06, 2021
"Dr. Imola has been incredible as I have sought information and guidance with fat grafting to repair a horrible facial surgery gone wrong. He has been honest and forthright and kind. Lisa, his patient manager has been amazing as well. I have been given fantastic information and support and highly recommend Dr. Imola and his practice. "- L.N. / Healthgrades / May 11, 2022
"I went to Dr Imola for Facial Fat transfer procedure. I was mainly concerned about coming out of the situation looking "fake" or unnatural. The process of recovery for this treatment was long but I liked working with Dr Imola especially on the second round of injections and deciding just how much more fat to inject. I love the result and the long lasting benefits of this procedure and appreciate Dr Imola who cares about the result but also did just enough adding to my cheekbones a little and still looks natural. I would recommend this process to anyone who can sacrifice a little short term down time for long term beautiful results."- D.D. / Google / Sep 07, 2022
"Dr. Kowalczyk performed a facial fat transfer on me recently, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results! I was drawn to the procedure because of its longevity (5-10 years) and because it’s all natural (using my own body fat.) I look rejuvenated, more youthful, and much less gaunt and tired. At 48 years old, I’m a very active, slender person, and I had lost much of the youthful fat in my face over the years. My cheeks are once again plump and supple, but not in any way overdone. And my skin just glows! Dr. K. listened closely to what my goals and hopes were, and boy did he deliver! Throughout the whole process I knew I was in the most capable and caring hands!!"- E.P. / Google / Nov 02, 2022
"Look rejuvenated, more youthful, much less gaunt and tired - Dr. Kowalczyk performed a facial fat transfer on me recently, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results! I was drawn to the procedure because of its longevity (5-10 years) and because it’s all natural (using my own body fat.) I look rejuvenated, more youthful, and much less gaunt and tired. At 48 years old, I’m a very active, slender person, and I had lost much of the youthful fat in my face over the years. My cheeks are once again plump and supple, but not in any way overdone. And my skin just glows! Dr. K. listened closely to what my goals and hopes were, and boy did he deliver! Throughout the whole process I knew I was in the most capable and caring hands!!"- L. / RealSelf / Nov 01, 2022
Who can benefit from a Facial Fat Transfer?
Any patient looking for improvement in facial symmetry and volume can benefit from facial fat transfer. Also, patients not interested in the maintenance needed with fillers make good candidates.
How is a Facial Fat Transfer performed?
The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. The areas of the face where augmentation is needed are identified. Fat is harvested from the abdomen or inner thighs. The amount needed can vary based on patient desires and body habitus. It is then processed into macro (large), micro (small), and nano (very small) fat using filters. The fat is then transferred to the face using cannulas. The face is intentionally over-inflated by 30-50% because not all fat will survive on transfer. Small, dissolvable stitches are placed, but no scars are made.
What should I expect after?
After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be stitched before you're sent into recovery. Dr. Imola or a member of his team will apply dressings, compression garments, and monitor you till you can be sent home with a family member or friend. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Imola will tell you what will happen after surgery and ways you are able to heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments will need to be made at our Englewood, CO office so Dr. Imola can assess your healing and results. Your recovery will be different depending on how much fat was taken and transferred, but you need to plan to spend 1 – 2 weeks for your recovery. Right away, you may feel uncomfortable with bruising and swelling at the area(s) that received liposuction and the grafted area(s). You might see a little improvement right away in your face; however, it will take a few weeks before you will be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat might be reabsorbed by your body, but with good care, your improvements should last for many years.
What can I expect after a facial fat transfer?
Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery will provide post-operative instructions following facial fat transfer surgery. This important information will include how to care for the treatment area and when you can return to work or other activities. Patients should follow these guidelines closely to ensure proper healing. Swelling and bruising are normal after surgery and can take time to improve. Avoiding ice on the face is necessary in order to preserve the fat from temperature extremes. Final results are seen over 1-3 months. Many patients will take a few days off of work but then return quickly to light activity. We suggest avoiding strenuous activity and attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.
Can fillers achieve similar results?
A dermal filler (for example, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®) may improve symmetry and facial volume. While dermal fillers can create beautiful results, a facial fat transfer often lasts longer and looks more natural.
How long does a facial fat transfer take?
The length of time needed for your fat transfer will vary based on the number of areas injected. Typically, the procedure takes 2-3 hours.
Which areas of the face can be improved with a fat transfer?
Fat transfer can be used in many areas of the face. Popular sites are the cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lips, under eyes, and temples.
How much does a facial fat transfer cost?
The cost of facial fat transfer varies based on the complexity of the procedure. The surgeon’s fees range from $2,500-5,000 not including anesthesia fees, facility costs, and supplies.
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