When it comes to facial rejuvenation treatment, there are many options to choose from. Amongst one of the most effective techniques is facial fat grafting, also known as facial fat transfer or facial fat injections. Facial fat grafting can address common age-related concerns on delicate areas of the body like the face. Unlike other injectable fillers, facial fat injections utilize the patient’s own harvested fat cells that are liposuctioned out of the body and transferred into desired areas. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wally Zollman, can create a customized treatment plan for qualified individuals interested in facial fat transfer. Patients can enjoy their refreshed and more youthful appearance with results that are known to last longer than traditional fillers.
If you are interested in learning more about facial fat grafting, we encourage you to continue reading the sections provided below or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zollman.
- Benefits of Facial Fat Injections
- Facial Fat Grafting Procedure
- Facial Fat Grafting Recovery
- Facial Fat Transfer Cost
What Are the Benefits of Facial Fat Injections?
As we grow older, we may start to see some of our facial features gradually lose volume and contour. This may give individuals a “sunken” or “hollow” appearance in certain areas, making them look older and less energized. With the help of facial fat injections, Dr. Zollman can restore volume in the face while enhancing skin quality. Other concerns that facial fat grafting can address include:
- Acne scars and facial depressions
- Dark under-eye circles
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin discoloration
- Uneven skin texture
Plus, the liposuction component of facial fat grafting procedures adds a body contouring benefit as well, allowing patients to recontour one area of the body while simultaneously rejuvenating their facial appearance.
What Is Involved in the Facial Fat Grafting Procedure?
The first step of facial fat grafting is liposuction to obtain fat cells from a donor area. Most patients harvest fat from either the hips, buttocks, abdomen, back, or flanks. Once collected, the fat cells are placed in a centrifuge dedicated to separating impurities and unwanted liquids. Dr. Zollman believes this step is crucial in ensuring that the transferred fat survives in its new location in the body. At this stage, the purified fat cells are also broken down to a micro- or nano-size until it is basically emulsified or liquefied.
After filtration and purification, the micro or nano fat cells are ready to be injected into the targeted treatment areas. Dr. Zollman carefully uses a clean needle to transfer the fat particles. The injected fat cells slowly fill in the contours of the face to achieve your aesthetic desires. Although permanent results usually do not settle until 6 months after treatment, patients can typically see a difference in their appearance immediately. Since facial fat injections utilize the patient’s natural fat, there is very little chance of a negative response or allergic reaction.
What Can I Expect During Facial Fat Grafting Recovery?
Some patients may experience swelling and bruising in areas where fat cells were injected. This is not uncommon and should gradually go away within a few days to a week. Mild to moderate levels of pain in the areas where liposuction was performed is also normal and can often be easily controlled with over-the-counter medications. Symptoms related to the liposuction sites should begin to subside within 72 hours. If you start to experience severe pain and discomfort, we advise you to call our office immediately.
How Much Does Facial Fat Transfer Cost?
The price for facial fat grafting at Zollman Plastic Surgery will vary among patients since it is dependent on each individual’s unique treatment plan. Following your consultation with Dr. Zollman, a member of our team can provide you with an exact cost estimate as well as go over your payment options. Our practice accepts a variety of convenient payment methods, including plastic surgery financing arrangements with trusted third-party lenders such as CareCredit® and Link Federal Credit Union. We want to help make facial fat grafting as affordable as possible and we can assist you in finding the best option for your budget. To learn more about the cost of treatment or payment methods, we invite you to contact our office today to speak with one of our well-informed team members.
Dr. Zollman and his dedicated staff are ready to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. For more information about facial fat transfer and other facial rejuvenation treatments we provide, contact Zollman Plastic Surgery today.