Facial Fat Transfer Procedure

What is Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial fat transfer—also called autologous fat transfer—is a procedure in which an individual's own body fat is used to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face. This procedure is used for improving the appearance of facial creases such as laugh lines, smile lines and crow's feet. To correct these lines, fat is removed from the abdomen, thighs or other areas of the body and transferred by injection to the affected area in the face.

Candidates for this procedure are typically adults who would like to reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, marionette lines or depressions in the face. Fat transfer procedures can also be used to treat patients who have experienced lipoatrophy—a rare condition that occurs when patients lose the layer of fat that forms the contours of the cheeks and jawline. Using this procedure, a physician is able to fill in any hollow areas while restoring natural contours to the face.

One of the most beneficial aspects of the facial fat transfer procedure is that it is completely natural. The material used to improve appearance is not a synthetic product; it is the fat taken from the patient's own body—not from an animal or a cadaver. Also, the effects of facial fat transfer procedures are long-lasting; they last significantly longer than cosmetic injectable solutions.

How Does It Work?

The facial fat transfer procedure is considered autologous because it uses the patient's own fat to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face. During the initial consultation, the patient should disclose any pertinent medical information, including current habits, medications or supplements, so the physician can accurately determine whether he or she is a good candidate for fat transfer. The procedure itself is pain-free and consists of these three steps:

The facial areas that can be improved with fat injection treatment include the forehead, in between the eyebrows and the hollows under the eyes. Facial fat transfer helps to plump up or improve the contours around the nose, the area between the upper lip and nose, the jawline and the temples. This procedure can also help correct acne scars.

Recovery and Results

Following a fat transfer procedure, patients may experience some light swelling and/or bruising at the donor site or on the target sites on the face. The swelling typically reduces within a few days, and any discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Many patients return to their normal daily activities within 24 to 48 hours of the procedure.

Results from this procedure can be immediately apparent and are often very natural looking. Facial fat transfer procedures offer results that are simply not possible with conventional, subtractive surgical techniques alone. This procedure requires specific training and the use of specialized surgical instruments, as well as patience and attention to detail on the part of the physician. When performed properly, permanent improvements to facial appearance are possible.

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Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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