Doctor’s Thoughts on Fat Transfer

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like a fat transfer, the results can give natural-looking improvements to the face or body. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve long-lasting results from their fat transfer and add subtle volume to their contours. As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation.

What is a Fat Transfer?

A facial fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a facial rejuvenation technique that involves using the patient’s own fat cells to add volume. Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process, often affecting the face first. A fat transfer can smooth out signs of aging and add definition to the facial features that have lost volume over time.

Who can Benefit from a Fat Transfer?

Facial aging includes loss of facial fat with flattening and loss of volume in the cheeks, temples and jawline starting after your mid 30’s. You can benefit from a facial fat transfer as a minimally invasive adjunct to facial rejuvenation. A fat transfer can address the following concerns:

  •         Wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth
  •         Sunken cheeks and temples
  •         Hollow under-eyes
  •         Thinning lips

The best candidates for a facial fat transfer are those who have a loss of youthful appearing fat due to natural aging loss. Most candidates are unaware that restoring volume by replacing lost fat is a key part of rejuvenation procedures. Donor sites most often involve the abdomen, flanks, or inner thighs. Although the actual placement process is nonsurgical, you must be prepared for liposuction techniques on the donor site to obtain the fat cells. This means you will have a short recovery after your fat transfer procedure, but you can enjoy the slimming benefits of liposuction at the same time.

How is the Fat Transfer Performed?

To begin the fat transfer, Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz will use liposuction on the decided donor site. During liposuction, tiny incisions are made and a cannula is inserted, breaking up and removing the stubborn fat cells. Local anesthesia can be used to maximize your comfort during the process. Once enough fat is obtained, it is gently processed to isolate healthy fat cells. The purified fat cells can then be placed into the treatment area using a syringe, similar to the ones used during filler placement.

Recovery After a Fat Transfer

While there is not much recovery when it comes to the fat transfer site, you will have to recover from liposuction on the donor area. This will involve some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort that can be managed with pain medication. It is recommended that you take a few days off work and limit your physical activity, but light walking is encouraged to improve circulation. Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz can go over your unique recovery timeline in more detail during your consultation.

Fat Transfer Results

Results can be seen right away after your facial fat transfer for instant added volume to the facial features and smoothed out fine lines and wrinkles. Once swelling diminishes, you can see the true results for a rejuvenated appearance plus the slimming benefit of liposuction on the donor site. It is normal and expected for some of the fat cells to die after placement, however, the fat cells that remain will be long-lasting. 

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your facial fat transfer at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz would be happy to meet with you to discuss if the fat transfer is an effective solution for you.