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.
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.
Fat Transfer-Face Reviews
"Dr. Mobley & staff were all very professional, courteous & friendly and gave excellent care."- L.A. / ZocDoc / Jun 18, 2015
"I am a 72-year-old male who never really paid attention to what the years had done to me. It wasn't until my wife would meet me at the door after work with a worried expression on her face. She kept saying that I looked exhausted, haggard, and ill-as she put it, "like Death warmed over." My problem was the bags under my eyes, a permanent scowl, and drooping eyelids that made the under-eye area look even worse. We sought the help of Sarasota Plastic Surgery and had the good fortune to become a patient of Dr. Brian Derby. Dr. Derby is a caring, talented surgeon and his extensive educational qualifications impressed me, but it is his friendly, outgoing personality that made working with him enjoyable. He is thorough and direct in answering all questions, and he never made me feel like I was asking silly questions, even when I needed to repeat them again for my own reassurance. I told him that I didn't want to look like a caricature and he fully agreed. The results for me are amazing-everyone who has seen me after the surgery tells me that I "look great" or "look rested" without realizing that it was all due to Dr. Derby's skill. I think I have dropped a good 5-7 years of wear-and-tear from my face, and am grateful that my appearance now reflects the young 65-year-old that I feel I really am! -JWC, Placida, FL"- J.C. / Office Visit / Dec 13, 2015
"Everything about the facility, the surgeon, the staff was very satisfactory. My visit was well explained and the staff was very attentive and friendly. I've had several procedures performed over the past several years by Dr. Mobley and his team and I give them all A Plus.."- hg / RealPatientRatings / Oct 05, 2015
"Dr. Mobley did an excellent job and was very pleased with the outcome. I have recommended this facility to friends and was told that I look about 20 years younger. During my consultation I had mentioned that I did not realize how pretty I was when I was in my 20's and he told me that the beauty is still there underneath and that he will bring it back out and he most certainly did, people cannot believe how wonderful I look and also had a new hair cut to match my new face. I am extremely happy with the results."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Aug 30, 2015
"Dr. Mobley is excellent"- J.H. / Vitals / Apr 27, 2016
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location