Facial Fat Transfer

Facial Liposuction

Facial liposuction, also called submental liposuction, is the removal of fat from under the chin using suction. This procedure can significantly reduce excess facial fat which may cause an overweight appearance or a poorly defined or double chin. The excess fat is often a result of aging, obesity, or heredity.

Facial liposuction involves a small incision just under the chin. Scarring is often minimal because the incision is made in a crease of the skin.

Some patients may benefit from a chin implant in addition to liposuction. This makes the chin more prominent and adds balance to the face. Facial liposuction can also be done in conjunction with buccal fat extraction, a surgical procedure that extracts excess fat from the cheeks.

Facial Fat Transfer

Autologous fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure that involves restoring lost volume in the face with the patient’s own fat, taken from the abdomen, thighs or other areas. This procedure is effective in treating sunken cheeks, facial lines, acne scars and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, sun damage and other conditions.

Unlike fillers and other volume-enhancing treatments, fat grafts are taken from the patient’s own body, and as a result cannot cause an allergic reaction. The fat is naturally accepted by the body. Autologous fat grafts also last longer than synthetic materials.

During the fat grafting procedure, fat is harvested from the donor area by inserting a cannula and suctioning out the fat, similar to liposuction. This is done under anesthesia to minimize any potential discomfort. The harvested fat is then filtered so that only the fat cells are grafted. Once the fat is ready to be placed, it is injected into the targeted area through a cannula until the desired appearance is achieved.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in our office surgical facility. Because of the different aspects involved, treatment time can vary significantly depending on each patient’s individual procedure.

Patients may experience mild swelling and bruising after the fat grafting procedure, which can be minimized by icing the area. Fat grafts results are final and permanent after 3 months.  A certain percentage of the grafted cells are reabsorbed during that initial time.  Fat grafting is considered safe for most patients since no foreign material is being injected into the body and offers a more long lasting and natural results to temporarily fillers.

To learn more about how we can help you with a Facial Fat Transfer procedure, contact us today!