How Fat Grafting Works
As we age, our facial tissues lose their stores of collagen and fat that provide smooth skin and youthful volume. Over time, the fat loss can cause you to develop deep facial wrinkles or a gaunt facial appearance. While synthetic fillers are available to restore your youthful complexion, some patients don’t qualify as candidates due to allergies or skin sensitivity, and these fillers only offer a temporary solution. The fat transfer procedure is the ideal facial rejuvenation treatment for many women and men because it restores facial volume with your own body’s fat and enhances the results of facial rejuvenation surgery with a minimally invasive approach. If you live in Miami, FL, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Naturally Plump and Refill Aging Skin
In facial fat transfer, fat is harvested from another area of the body (often the hips) and injected subdermally into another area to provide plumping, smoothing, or reshaping. Transferred fat can be carefully injected to plump out hollow or gaunt areas of the face and smooth lines and deep wrinkles. Facial fat transfer is the perfect facial rejuvenation option for individuals who have allergies or risk of adverse reactions to injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, BELOTERO BALANCE®, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC.
Performing each facial fat transfer procedure personally, Dr. Baker is guided by a keen eye for artistry and in-depth medical knowledge. Dr. Baker will work with you every step of the way to plan and execute a safe, effective procedure that delivers naturally beautiful results.
“I do every procedure three times. I do it all in my head in advance. I do the actual surgery. I review it all from start to finish to look for ways to improve. This way, each procedure I do is my best work.”
Benefits of Fat Transfer for Facial Rejuvenation
When facial fat tissue diminishes, you can develop shallow cheeks or hollows under the eyes. For many patients, facial volume loss leaves them looking chronically fatigued and strips them of a bright, happy complexion. Fat transfer takes patient-harvested fat cells and carefully injects it in the areas of the face with deep volume loss. Enhancing facial volume restores a fuller and refreshed appearance.
Facial wrinkles are a major culprit in aging your facial appearance. Men and women generally develop wrinkles around the nose, mouth, and lips. Wrinkles can become etched deep in your facial tissues and become difficult to treat using over-the-counter creams. Fat transfer uses your own natural fat to fill in wrinkles and treats deep wrinkles by targeting the underlying layers of skin. Fat transfer is ideal for smoothing facial wrinkles for a brighter, more youthful complexion.
People considering fat transfer should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. Fat transfer for facial rejuvenation is designed to treat volume loss and wrinkles; it does not treat facial sagging. Patients with skin laxity should consider combining their fat transfer with a facelift for the best results. You may not qualify for fat transfer if you don’t have adequate stores of excess fat for grafting.
Take the First Step
Your fat grafting consultation at our Miami office is designed to properly inform both you and Dr. Baker of the expected results and goals that you wish to achieve through fat transfer. Dr. Baker will evaluate your body type to determine if you are a good candidate for fat transfer. A custom treatment plan is developed to target your specific needs and help you achieve your ideal results. Contact our helpful staff to schedule a consultation today.
Plump and Fill Without Synthetics
The nature of the fat transfer procedure, coupled with Dr. Baker’s high standard of care, makes it one of the safest injectable treatments available. Firstly, we use a gentle, safe syringe to harvest fatty tissue from an area of your body, typically the hips. The fat is processed and purified, removing any unwanted oils.
Dr. Baker then carefully and skillfully injects the fat into the face to restore facial volume and fill wrinkles. The surgeon grafts the fat using a microcannula that results in micrografts, the depositing of small amounts of fat during a single pass of the cannula. The micrografting technique provides the smoothest, longest-lasting results. Fat transfer has zero risk of allergic reactions or body rejection because it utilizes the patient’s own harvested fat. Fat that remains after the initial recovery period is permanent, providing years of beautiful results. Lastly, the fat transfer procedure takes about one and a half hours, and we sedate the patient beforehand.
Addressing Any Concerns You May Have
You should expect some bruising and swelling of the face and at your liposuction sites. Resting with your head elevated and applying cold packs to the face will help minimize bruising and swelling. You should be able to return to work within a week of your procedure. Patients with only minor corrections may find that they can return to work as soon as four days after surgery. You can resume your regular exercise routine three weeks after your procedure. Excess swelling should subside within four weeks.
The microcannula used to graft fat to your face won’t leave any visible incisions or scars. However, some patients may develop scarring at their liposuction site(s). Great care is taken to place liposuction incisions in discreet locations that can be easily concealed with clothing or underwear. Any scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time.
Results You desire
Some of the initial fat injected will be absorbed in the months following your treatment; however, most patients retain enough fat to provide them with the results they desire. Your results will last for several years, after which future aging may require a second treatment.
The fat grafting procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under sedation, local anesthesia, or general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure a safe and pain-free procedure. You might experience some discomfort the first several days following your surgery, but this can be controlled with oral pain medication.
The exact cost of your fat transfer for facial rejuvenation will depend on the extent of correction required to achieve your results. Surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees comprise the cost of your cosmetic surgery. Dr. Baker’s office will provide you with a detailed cost estimate during your consultation with Dr. Baker.
Dermal fillers are injected into wrinkles or the cheeks to plump the skin and also to erase wrinkles. Fillers are ideal for patients who desire a quick and efficient fix or who don’t have the required amount of fat stores for transfer.
One of the few downsides of fat transfer is the more extensive recovery period. Dermal fillers may result in some bruising and swelling that lasts several days, but patients can immediately resume their regular activities after treatment. However, many patients feel that the extensive recovery associated with fat transfer is worth the years of correction that dermal fillers cannot achieve.
The care you deserveThe results you want
Dr. Baker offers an inimitable treatment experience with a highly personalized, precision-based approach. With extreme dedication, Dr. Baker takes the time to ensure that every detail of your treatment is designed uniquely for you with optimal safety, effectiveness, and compassion. Take the first step toward your best possible outcome by scheduling your in-office or virtual consultation with Dr. Baker today.
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