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Autologous Fat Transfer
Patient’s looking for an answer to facial volume loss without having to keep up their fillers or risk of allergic reactions can look to autologous fat transfer. This is also known as fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection. Fat transfer works like other dermal fillers to rejuvenate the face but uses your own fat.
Volume loss occurs in predictable regions of the face such as the midface just below the eyes and the area just below the cheek bones. We also see volume loss at the jaw line which is magnified by the retained fat at the “jowl”. Each of these areas can be addressed by fat transfer. A great deal of media attention has been given to fat transfer to the buttock and breast but there is tremendous benefit to facial fat grafting .
Because the fat is from your own body, there is no threat of rejection or allergic response. It can be performed on a person with any skin type.
Fat cells from areas of the body that host stubborn fat deposits can be harvested for use in other locations where they are actually wanted. The volume placed is dictated by your individual need and is not limited by the number of 1 cc syringes of typical dermal fillers. Both the site the fat is being taken from and the area where it is injected are treated with local anesthesia for the 1 to 2 hour procedure.
A minimal incision is made in the fat donor site, usually the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs A narrow hollow tube, called a cannula, is inserted to dislodge the body fat and a syringe draws it out. No visible incisions are created on the face as the fat is injected with fine needles. The cheeks, brows, temples and jawline are then contoured to achieve a more youthful fullness to the face.
There is little downtime with fat transfer. Swelling is present for the week. Patients return to work and normal activity within a few days. Some bruising or swelling may occur, especially in the donor locations, but will lessen over the time.
Over the following 3 months some of the fat cells will be lost while others establish permanent residence. We usually see at least a 50% take of the grafted cells. The successfully transplanted fat cells are permanent. The beauty of fat grafting is if you desire more volume after the 3 month follow up additional treatments may be done until your desired aesthetic is achieved.
Your Fat Transfer will be performed in Dr. Robert Kessler's surgery center located in Corona Del Mar.
- 01 What is a Facial Fat Transfer?
Fat Transfer, sometimes referred to as Fat Grafting, is a noninvasive procedure designed to improve the contour of the face. The technique can also provide volume to the cheek area that may have become depleted due to age, weight loss, or illness.
- 02 How is a Fat Transfer procedure performed on the face?
Unwanted fatty tissue is removed from the donor area through Liposuction. The cells are then processed and sterilized. Once this is complete, Dr. Kessler will inject the fat into predetermined areas of the face, sculpting the features.
- 03 Where does the fat come from?
The fatty tissue used in the procedure will come from the thighs, abdomen, or the lower back area.
- 04 Who is a good candidate for a Facial Fat Transfer?
Any man or woman can make a good candidate for the Facial Fat Transfer. Patients should be in generally good health, and frustrated with the lax, hollow areas of the face and cheeks.
- 05 Where is the Fat Transfer procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs surgery at a nearby accredited outpatient Surgery Center.
- 06 What type of anesthesia is used during a Facial Fat Transfer?
The Fat Transfer will be performed under a local anesthetic with sedation, or under general anesthesia.
- 07 How long is the Facial Fat Transfer procedure?
A Fat Transfer for the face will take between one and three hours to complete. The process is meticulously performed, as appropriate care of the living tissue is necessary.
- 08 What can I expect during the recovery from a Facial Fat Transfer?
Patients can expect a quick recovery from the Facial Fat Transfer procedure, usually lasting between three and five days. Initially, swelling and redness may occur; this will resolve over the first 24-72 hours. Minor discomfort will be experienced. Depending on the extent of the procedure, strenuous activities should wait between one and two weeks.
- 09 How soon will I see the results from my Facial Fat Transfer?
Much of the benefits from a Fat Transfer will be immediately apparent. As the initial swelling subsides, the full results will become noticeable.
- 10 When can I return to work after my Facial Fat Transfer procedure?
Patients normally feel well enough to return to school or work the following week.
- 11 Will there be scarring after a Fat Transfer?
No, the Fat Transfer procedure utilizes extremely small incisions; these do not result in scarring.
- 12 What are the risks involved with a Fat Transfer to the Face?
There are minimal risks involved with the Fat Transfer procedure, as the body’s own tissues are utilized. Bruising and swelling are may occur, as well as the rare incidence of bleeding, scarring, and permanent discoloration.
- 13 How long will the results of a Facial Fat Transfer last?
The results from a Fat Transfer to the face are long lasting. The transferred fat cells are integrated with the existing tissue of the face, providing permanent benefits. The face will still be subject to gravity and the normal aging process, though.
- 14 Can I finance my Facial Fat Transfer?
Patients are invited to apply for medical financing through CareCredit. Applications can be filled out online for an immediate approval. CareCredit accounts can be used right away, and may be applied to multiple procedures.
Achieving natural looking results is why I am drawn to Dr. Kessler. And, he is one of the most caring and attentive doctors I’ve come across.