Many people struggle with stubborn fat pockets and loss of volume in their cheeks, lips and other facial areas as they age. At Divino Plastic Surgery, Dr. Carlos Chacon offers fat transfer/ injections to give patients a youthful facial shape while eliminating excess fat in their abdomen or other body area. Fat transfer procedures remove unwanted fat with liposuction and reintroduce the cells into the face to improve hollows and other imperfections.
What is a Fat Injection?
Fat injections are often used in place of dermal fillers because they use the patient’s own fatty tissues, which reduces the risk of allergic reaction. In most cases, much of the transferred fat survives, but it may be reabsorbed around six months later. Fat injections are an excellent complementary cosmetic treatment for patients having face procedures such as facelift or browlift. The fat transfer may be paired with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion for additional rejuvenation.
The Fat Injection Procedure
Fat injection or fat transfer is a three-step process that begins with liposuction. Most patients have stubborn fat in their hips, thighs, abdomens or upper arms, and Dr. Chacon may harvest the fat from one of these areas. He will purify the removed cells and transfer them into the targeted area. The entire autologous fat transplantation takes around one hour at our San Diego area office. This procedure is ideal for people who have facial volume loss and areas of unwanted fat. Fat injections can plump the skin and fill out the face for a youthful look.
Why Choose Fat Injections as a Facial Filler
Fat injections are a great way to enhance facial contours and improve the appearance of facial areas where surgical implants are impractical. They work like deep tissue dermal fillers but with fewer risks because the patient’s own tissues are used to add fullness to the cheeks, chin and lips. Fat injections can smoothen some lines and wrinkles and address skin depressions.
Minimal recovery is needed after fat transfer, but there is some swelling and redness for a few days in the spots where the fat is removed and injected. Over-the-counter pain medications can help you manage your discomfort after fat injections. If you’re in good physical shape and are committed to good skin health, fat transfer may be an excellent option. Facelift, brow lift and eyelid surgery patients can benefit from further facial rejuvenation with fat injections.
Schedule your consultation with our experienced cosmetic surgeon at Divino Plastic Surgery to learn more about fat injections. Contact our Bonita, California office by calling (858) 633-7546 or filling out our online form.