Autologous Fat Transfer to the Face can replace and restore full or well-defined cheeks for those who have lost it, and improve the shape of the face for those who have never had full or prominent cheekbones. Filling out the cheeks with your own tissue (fat) also can give the appearance of “Lifting” the face without a Face Lift.
Autologous Fat Transfer to the Face can sometimes be used to reverse the damage caused by chronic acne scarring, reconstruct the cheek, minimize the appearance of bulging eyes, and disguise or soften the appearance of silicone cheek implants.
Fat Transfer to face FAQ:
Is Fat Transfer to the Face safe?
Autologous (your own) Fat Transfer to the Face has proven to be a safe surgical procedure. To date, millions of autologous Fat Transfers to the Face have been performed, with no reported cases of allergic reaction. The fat is transferred to different layers of the soft tissue of our face to restore the volume and enhance the contours of your face.
How is Fat Transfer to the Face performed?
Dr. Long will perform your fat transfer to the face under general anesthesia. Dr. Long usually harvests the fat from the abdomen around the umbilicus (belly button) or from the inside or outside of the thighs using a small cannula. Once the fat is harvested, and depending on the site you have chosen the transfer, Dr. Long will inject the fat with very small injection cannulas in the area to be treated. During your consultation, you will discuss the best location to transfer the fat. Because Dr. Long takes such great care, the injection sites leave minimal scarring is either not visible or very minimal, and fade over time.
What other procedures may be performed along with Fat Transfer to the Face?
Liposuction is part of a Face Lift and is used to reshape a more youthful jaw line and neck.
Neck Lift: repairs the visible neck muscle bands, removing excess fat deposits, and smoothing loose skin.
Eyelid Lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is often performed to reduce heaviness and loose skin in the upper eyelids. Treatment of the lower eyelids will include filling out the deep creases to eliminate the tired look. This along with fat injection will brighten your eyes and energize your whole face.
Chemical peels may be done to smooth wrinkle lines in the lips, cheeks and forehead.
How will I look after Fat Transfer to the Face?
Fat transfer to the face is a safe and effective procedure that can enhance your confidence by freeing you from the emotional burden of sunken cheeks, hollowed temples or deep creases in your face. . After your surgery with Dr. Long the structural appearance of your face will be more balanced and proportional, giving your face a more distinct, symmetrically pleasing look.
How long is recovery Fat Transfer to the Face?
Very likely, you’ll be able to return to work in about 2 to 4 weeks. You should wait 4 to 6 weeks or longer before participating in strenuous activity and exercise. You may need special makeup to camouflage any bruising for a short time. Final healing may take up to 3 months and will continue to improve over the next year. We will closely follow your progress to ensure a smooth recovery.
When will I see results Fat Transfer to the Face?
Within two weeks, you should see a significant improvement. Once the swelling and bruising are gone, you may have minor scars that are hidden by your hair. These too, will fade over time. Gradually, your new, younger face will emerge a few weeks after surgery. Most of our patients enjoy the benefits of a Fat Transfer to the Facefor many years. Depending on your age, you may have more than one Fat Transfer to the Face in your lifetime.
Why choose Dr. Long for Fat Transfer to the Face?
Dr. Long is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, breast and body. His residency and fellowship training followed by teaching at prestigious institutions have given him a unique set of skills to perform cosmetic surgery. Dr. Long wants his patients look their best and is dedicated to helping them achieve their personal, social, and professional goals by providing natural looking results.
Why go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your Fat Transfer to the Face?
Practitioners who are not residency trained and Board Certified to perform Fat Transfer to the Face have been found to have a higher rate of surgical complications. Among the most common patient complaints are minimal to no improvement, asymmetries, wound healing problems or worse. Always look for a surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Look for the ASPS logo, The Symbol of Excellence.