Serving Orange County: Newport Beach and Fullerton, CA
A hallmark of youth is a full, plump look to the skin. As we age, our faces naturally lose volume as subcutaneous fat is lost. To restore volume, I can remove fat cells from another area of the body via a small pinhole (typically the hips, thighs or abdomen), prepare them, and re-inject them into the face. Fat grafting can be an excellent alternative to injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, or Radiesse® for people who want more lasting results or who may have sensitivities to these filler products. Fat transfer can also be used for younger men and women who want to augment their cheeks, improve the appearance of a scar, or correct certain facial deformities. Often, it can also be used to correct indentations or irregularities from prior liposuction procedures or injury.
Is This You?
Here are some of the common reasons I hear about why a person is considering facial fat transfer:
Please contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule a fat transfer consultation at my Newport Beach or Fullerton offices in Orange County. You can count on me and my supportive staff to help you reach your cosmetic goals. I will take the time necessary during your consultation to provide in depth discussion on your fat transfer options.
Fat grafting has many cosmetic uses and my patients have seen very good results from the procedure in adding facial volume or correcting blemishes and scars.
– Dr. Savalia
I can perform fat grafting by itself, but more commonly it is an adjunct procedure during other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a face lift. Fat is removed from the targeted area through a small pinhole, causing minimal trauma to the area. I then process this fat to capture the viable cells that can be re-implanted. The cells are injected directly into areas of facial hollowness. These areas may include around the eyes, cheeks, nasolabial folds or lips. Fat transfer also can be very effective in minimizing the appearance of facial scars, including pockmarks and acne scars, and filling indentations in any area of the body.
After the injections are complete, you may experience some redness, bruising or swelling. In general, downtime is minimal. Compared to fillers which last one year or less, the results of fat transfer can last for many years. A certain percentage of the implanted fat cells will not survive the implantation process; in some cases, a second procedure will help the patient more fully correct the hollowness or facial imperfection they wish to treat.
Fat Transfer and Other Facial Enhancements
I find that using fat transfer with a face lift, eyelid surgery or a brow lift can significantly enhance the results of individual procedure alone. Fat transfer can add much-needed volume to the cheeks when performing a facelift or to the hollow above the eye when performing eyelid surgery. On their own, these procedures are focused on surgical sculpting and will not add more youthful volume.
A Note on Stem Cells
Many of my patients have heard that the use of stem cells for fat transfer procedures will improve the results. Stem cells are the hot buzzword in marketing efforts, but the claims are often unsubstantiated. While there are studies in progress on how the use of stem cells may improve the survival rate of implanted cells, the medical literature is not definitive in regard to whether using stem cells in fat transfer procedures improves patient outcomes. I continue to monitor the studies and will as always offer my patients what I believe to be the most effective treatment option.
For more information on fat transfer, I encourage you to contact us online today.