Fat Transfer - Face

Fat Transfer - Face - Sarasota, FL

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Our Sarasota plastic surgeons offer patients the opportunity to fight against aging as the fatty tissue of the face can diminish and the underlying support of the skin can be lost resulting in wrinkles and loose skin. Fat injections, also known as a fat transfer or fat grafting, provide a natural way to add volume back to the face. Our Sarasota plastic surgeons use this procedure to remove small or large amounts of a patient’s own body fat and inject it to enhance areas of the face to minimize wrinkles, smooth hollows under the eyes and enhance cheek bones and jaw lines through 3-dimensional contouring. 

Surgical Technique

During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites such as hips or belly via liposuction. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the body part where shape and contour are needed. During the injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers for the best contour finish possible. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome.

During/After Surgery

Fat transfer treatment is performed with general anesthesia when it covers larger areas while local anesthesia or IV sedation is used if the area to be treated is small. Both methods will be treated as an outpatient treatment at our surgical facility. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few days. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred. Scarring is generally minimal with this procedure as the incisions made are just big enough for the cannula to be inserted. 

Fat Transfer FAQs

How Long do the Results Last?

A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon will be able to maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering. 

Loss of Volume?

When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get resorbed, the area can continue to be refined. For patients who want to continue to have volume enhancement, but desire natural results, this is an ideal procedure.

How About Scarring?

Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing. 

Other Treatments?

For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. For wrinkles, an injectable filler may be suitable. These fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane Lyft include hyaluronic acid. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

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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.