Fat transfer fills facial features with a patient’s own fat. Because the fat comes from your own body, you cannot develop an allergic reaction. Fat transfer to the face is a safe procedure designed to recontour the face and provide definition to cheeks, chin, lips and lower eyes Click a picture below to see it in greater detail.
What Areas are Usually Treated?
Almost all areas of the face can be treated but there are the usual requested treatment sites:
- correction of”hollow” eyes, visible vessels resulting in dark circles, as well as visible tear troughs
- correction after aggressive removal of undereye fat fads from lower blepharoplasty
- temple areas
- upper malar
- sub malar
- lips (it isn’t a defining filler though)
- inbetween the brow
- facial scars
- lower cheek after aggressive buccal fat extraction
- area between upper lip and nose
- bridge of the nose
- Anywhere else fat is needed or wanted
Many areas of the face and body can be treated with fat transfer, but the most common treatment indications are hollow appearing eyes and visible tear troughs, overly aggressive removal of fat pads during lower blepharoplasty, facial scars and depressions, and aggressive buccal fat removal or natural loss of fat in the lower cheeks. Fat transfer can also be used on the temple areas and temporal fat pads, upper malar and submalar areas, chin, lips, jawline, forehead, buttocks and hips, sternum, outer brow, and glabella, as well as between the upper lip and nose, on the bridge of the nose and lateral fatty pads, and anywhere else that fat is needed or wanted.
Most fat transfer procedures are performed under local only although some docs may use an oral sedative to ease tension as well.
Postoperative pain is minimal. The patient remains slightly black and blue for approximately two to three days. Most patients are quite presentable and can go out in public with proper make-up after two to three days. Swelling can last up to several weeks, but will eventually subside.