Facial Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer) Conveniently located to serve Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and Glendale

Facial Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer) Conveniently located to serve Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and Glendale

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With facial fat grafting, Scottsdale patients can fill in facial lines and creases, restoring a smoother and more youthful-looking appearance. When transferred fat cells are injected into creased and sunken areas of the face, they restore volume. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks.

As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and the aging process. As part of this process, our faces naturally gradually lose tissue from the underlying facial fat layer. When the underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up break down, this results in the formation of midface wrinkles like laugh lines and smile lines. These can be corrected with a facial fat transfer.

A facial fat transfer may be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such as a laser treatment, or a recontouring procedure, such as a facelift.

Knowing Your Options

Transferred fat is primarily used to improve the appearance of the skin’s texture. It can help fill out deep facial wrinkles, creases and furrows, “sunken” cheeks, skin depressions, and some types of scars. It can also be used to add a fuller, more sensuous look to the lips.

A facial fat transfer is not always sufficient for severe surface wrinkles on the face, such as multiple vertical “lipstick lines” that sometimes form around the mouth. Instead, Dr. Lille may suggest a resurfacing technique, such as a laser treatment. Rather than filling in facial lines, resurfacing methods strip away the outer layers of the skin to produce a smoother appearance.

Deep folds in the face or brow caused by overactive muscles or by loose skin may be more effectively treated with cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift or browlift. Facial fat grafting is sometimes used in conjunction with facial surgery procedures; however, a facial fat transfer alone cannot change facial contour the way surgery can.

Keep in mind that Dr. Lille in Scottsdale is a specialist and can offer you the full range of the most advanced treatments ranging from cosmetic surgery to injectables to refinishing techniques like laser therapy. You and your surgeon may determine that a single procedure or a combination of procedures is the best choice for you.


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The Facial Fat Grafting Procedure

After both the donor and recipient sites are cleansed and treated with local anesthesia, the fat is withdrawn using a syringe with a large-bore needle or a cannula (the same instrument used in liposuction) attached to a suction device. The fat is then prepared and injected into the recipient site with a needle. Sometimes an adhesive bandage is applied over the injection site.

“Overfilling” is necessary to allow for fat absorption in the weeks following treatment. When fat is used to fill sunken cheeks or to correct areas on the face other than lines, this overcorrection of the newly injected fat may temporarily make the face appear abnormally puffed out or swollen.

After Treatment

It is important to minimize talking and facial movements for 5 days. You can expect some swelling, bruising, or redness in both the donor and recipient sites. The swelling and puffiness in the recipient site may last several weeks, especially if a large area was filled.

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Facial Fat Grafting Q&A

Q: What is fat grafting?

A: Dr. Lille harvests fat from different areas of the body which can include the abdomen, hips, knees, and thighs and transfers them to areas that require augmentation, which is most commonly the face.

Q: How is this performed?

A: The region of the body that has a viable and plentiful donor source of fat will be locally anesthetized. Then, specialized fat harvesting instruments under hand aspiration will gently remove and then process through centrifuging, removing unwanted material from the fat cells. At this point, the donor graft contains healthy fat tissue and stem cells. This is then further washed and purified and then re-implanted using, once again, specialized fine facial transfer cannulas into areas of the face.

Q: How long does the fat last?

A: There is inevitably some absorption of the fat that can range depending on where the fat is transplanted. Usually, anywhere from 20%-50% will be absorbed. We have often found that the areas along the jawline and cheek and temporal region usually maintain 70% survivability.

Q: What happens if I have a higher amount of fat graft absorption following the procedure?

A: A secondary procedure can always be performed to obtain the patient’s desired results.

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Facial Fat Grafting Cost

There are many factors that impact the cost of a facial fat transfer procedure. The number of donor regions, the amount of fat being transferred, the techniques being used, the anesthesia, and the total surgery time all affect the overall price of facial fat grafting in Scottsdale.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your Facial Fat Grafting in Scottsdale. Dr. Sean Lille is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can use his surgical skill and eye for facial aesthetics to ensure your chin surgery results look beautiful and natural.

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