About Facial Fat Grafting
There are different options that restore the volume and contours of your face, but facial fat grafting is growing in popularity because of its natural results and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, most commonly due to aging, tends to be most pronounced around the cheeks, eyes, and jawline. Facial fat grafting is used to minimize the most common signs of aging, and it restores plumpness by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds in your face through your natural fat. By taking excess fat from your body, plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon can artfully re-inject the fat into the needed areas of your face for beautiful, lasting results. With facial fat grafting, you not only get a more youthful facial appearance but also improve the contours of your body. To learn more about facial fat grafting, contact Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Providence, RI to schedule a consultation with Dr. Plamondon.
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Facial fat grafting is good if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles, like smile lines, laugh lines, and Crow's feet. Fat can also be used to improve the appearance of acne scars and sunken areas of your face. You can even add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of an injectable dermal filler, like Juvéderm or Restylane, a fat transfer is a good choice if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a good candidate for facial fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat on your body to meet your goals.
Facial fat grafting is a two-part procedure that includes harvesting the fat and placement. Since such a small amount of fat is removed and grafted, Dr. Plamondon typically uses local or twilight anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Plamondon will perform liposuction to remove fat, which will probably come from your flanks, abdomen, or hips. Once the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. Dr. Plamondon will use different techniques and injection angles to ensure the highest immersion rate into your skin and to create smoothness. Based on your treatment plan, fat may be injected in your cheeks, lips, and/or under your eyes to add volume, as well as to fill in wrinkles and facial pits.
What to Expect
After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be closed and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dr. Plamondon or a member of her team will apply dressings, compression garments, and monitor you until you can be safely sent home with a responsible adult. Before your surgery, Dr. Plamondon will tell you what to expect during your recovery and how you can speed your healing. Follow-up appointments will need to be scheduled at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery so Dr. Plamondon can monitor your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take 1 – 2 weeks for your recovery. Initially, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and your face. You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you will be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with proper care, your results should last for many years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does facial fat grafting cost?
The cost for a fat graft will include the liposuction to remove fat and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Plamondon will determine how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and will prepare a custom treatment plan. Then, she can begin to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. To make your facial fat grafting easier to afford, Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a facial fat graft and a dermal filler (like Juvéderm and Restylane) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as add volume to your face. While dermal fillers can give you great results, a fat transfer often looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want to add and where, Dr. Plamondon may suggest starting with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out what you want, Dr. Plamondon can perform a facial fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment, such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement a facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume that helps to improve the balance and proportion of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to Dr. Plamondon during your consultation about all your wants so she can create a comprehensive plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that help to reach all of your cosmetic goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
The procedure time for a facial fat transfer will vary, depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. Once your treatment plan is created in your consultation, Dr. Plamondon can go over what you should expect, including the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Plamondon takes her time carefully grafting thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results look beautiful and natural.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to add volume or fill in wrinkles. Fat grafting is ideally designed to augment or enhance the mid-face or cheeks so that this area appears fuller and lifted without having to undergo surgery. In addition, it can be used as a natural lip filler. You may also consider a fat transfer to fill the hollow or sunken areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can even improve the appearance of pitted acne scars and static wrinkles (like brow furrows or marionette lines). Dr. Plamondon will create your custom treatment plan to address one or more areas of your face based on your concerns and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
Fat transfer procedures are a brilliant way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you desire a younger, glowing appearance with little downtime, we encourage you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. It is an outstanding option for men and women wanting a natural enhancement and lasting results. Call our Providence, RI office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Plamondon for this groundbreaking procedure.