Facial Fat Grafting (Autologous Fat Transfer to the Lips and Cheeks) – Sarasota, FL

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About Facial Fat Grafting

There are numerous treatments that rejuvenate the contours and volume of your face, but fat grafting to the face is increasing in popularity due to its natural outcomes and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, often due to aging, tends to be more pronounced around the cheeks, jawline, and eyes. Fat grafting to the face can be used to correct the most common signs of aging, and it rebuilds fullness by smoothing lines, wrinkles, and folds throughout your face while utilizing your own fat. By removing unwanted fat from your body, our Sarasota plastic surgeons can skillfully apply the fat into the desired parts of your face for lasting, beautiful results. With fat grafting to the face, you not only get a rejuvenated facial appearance, you get to also make improvements to your body. To find out more about fat grafting to the face, contact Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL to schedule a consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Facial fat grafting may be a good option if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles like smile lines, Crow's feet, and laugh lines. Grafted fat can also reduce the appearance of acne scars and pitted areas on the face. You can also add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of an injectable filler, like Juvéderm or Restylane, a fat transfer is an ideal treatment if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a candidate for a fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat to meet your goals.

Surgical Technique

Fat transfer is a two-part surgery that includes harvesting the fat and placement into the face. Since such a small amount of fat is needed, typically either local or twilight anesthesia is used. To begin, liposuction is performed to remove fat, which will probably come from your hips, abdomen, or flanks. When the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. Various techniques and injection angles will be utilized to ensure high immersion rates into your skin and to create evenness. Based on your plan, fat may be grafted to your cheeks, lips, and/or below your eyes to add volume as well as to improve wrinkles, lines, and facial scars.

What to Expect

After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be sutured and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dressings and compression garments may be applied, and you will be monitored until you can be sent home with a friend or family member. Before your surgery, you will be given instructions about what to expect after surgery and how you can heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center so we can assess your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take a few weeks to rest and recover. At first, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the grafted area(s). You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you'll be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with good care, your results should last for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Costs for facial fat grafting will include fat removal and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, it will be determined how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and a custom treatment plan will be conducted. Then, we can begin to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. So your procedure is easier to afford, Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Either a facial fat graft or a dermal filler (like Juvéderm and Restylane) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as add volume. While fillers can give you beautiful results, a facial fat transfer typically looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want added and where, we may suggest starting with dermal fillers. 

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement a facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume to improve the balance of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to your Sarasota plastic surgeon during your consultation about your desired results so they can create a plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that reach your goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
How long it takes to complete your fat transfer will vary depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. When your plan is created in your consultation, your Sarasota plastic surgeon can go over what you should expect, for example, the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Our surgeons take their time to carefully inject thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results appear natural.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to add volume or decrease wrinkles. Fat grafting is ideal to augment the mid-face so that this area appears fuller and lifted without the need for surgery. In addition, fat can also be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You may also receive a fat transfer procedure to fill the sunken or hollow areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can also correct scars, wrinkles (brow furrows, marionette lines). Your Sarasota plastic surgeon will create your personalized treatment plan to address your concerns and achieve your cosmetic goals.

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Fat transfer procedures are an incredible way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you crave a younger, enhanced appearance with little needed downtime, we invite you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Our trained plastic surgeons can help you achieve your desired appearance. Facial fat grafting is a good option for women and men wanting a natural improvement and lasting results. Call our Sarasota, FL office right away to schedule your consultation for this innovative procedure.

The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham, Dr. David Mobley, Dr. Scott Engel, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.