Facial fat grafting is emerging as one of the most exciting advances in facial plastic surgery. By using a patient’s own unwanted body fat, Dr. Genaro Valladolid can restore a smooth, soft quality to the patient’s aging face. Fat transfer is a very popular way to add volume around the eye, cheek and jawline areas. It provides longer lasting results and eliminates many of the risks and side effects of fillers.
Always at the forefront of modern advances in cosmetic medicine, Dr. Valladolid is committed to offering his patients choices in their treatment. He understands the desire to achieve a more youthful face but the hesitations that come along with fillers. Fat transfer is an appealing solution: long-lasting volume restoration that looks and feels very natural. He has mastered the techniques so he can offer patients safe care with incredible results.
The ideal candidate for fat transfer is someone who is bothered by wrinkles, facial creases/folds or areas where fullness has been lost over time. The right candidate wants a natural way to restore youthful volume and definition to the facial features, and has excess body fat that can be used as donor tissue.
Candidates should be in good health, not smoke (or be able to quit for several weeks prior to surgery) and not have any medical condition that could interfere with the safety of the procedure.
Facial fat transfer is an outpatient procedure performed with local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. Treatment involves three steps.
First, the donor fat is harvested from an area where it exists in surplus, such as the abdomen, hips or thighs. Dr. Valladolid uses liposuction techniques to carefully remove the fat.
Next, the fat is purified and prepared for re-injection.
The injection sites are carefully mapped out and the fat meticulously injected into them. Because the fat cells are the patient’s own, there is no risk of an adverse reaction. Once the fat grafts develop a local blood supply, they can last a very long time. The transplanted fat should be virtually indistinguishable from the other soft tissue in the area.
Facial fat transfer may be combined with other procedures to achieve more transformative results, particularly procedures like facelift that remove excess skin. Balancing out the removal of skin with volume restoration creates beautiful, rejuvenating results.
Fat transfer alone requires only a few days of recuperation before patients can resume work and the rest of their normal activities. When fat transfer is combined with another procedure such as facelift, the downtime is lengthier.
Fat transfer aftereffects include bruising and swelling at the transplant and donor areas. Mild discomfort is also common and can be alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.
If you are interested in using facial fat transfer to volumize and contour areas of your face like your lips, cheeks, temples or under-eye hollows, Dr. Valladolid can help. Please call us today at (480) 770-5015 and request a consultation to learn more.