Fat injection to restore facial volume is a technique that is increasing in popularity. It offers a natural-appearing result, lasts a long time, and is safe. It is powerful filler, which helps to contour facial anatomy, modify scars, fill depressions created by liposuction, and rejuvenate the hands and face. Fat injections have been used to enhance the lips and reduce the appearance of facial aging. Fat injections can minimize wrinkles, acne scarring and restore a more youthful look. Dr. O’Mara is a facial plastic surgeon in Beaumont Texas, uses this natural solution to restore volume to the aging face and help to restore your youthful appearance.
Who can benefit from this procedure?
- Any individual in overall good health.
- A person who has a mild or moderate degree of facial aging.
- A person who has specific but realistic goals in mind to improve his or her appearance.
- A person who requires large volume enhancements needing deep tissue injection.
How is it performed?
- The fat is withdrawn from an area of the body with excess fat.
- The fat is purified in a centrifuge.
- The fat injected into areas needing volume augmentation. Several injections are usually placed during a single office visit.
What areas of the face benefit from fat injections?
Fat injections are commonly used to reshape the lips, to fill “bags” under the eyes, or to restore volume to the cheeks and chin.
What types of anesthesia are used for Fat Injections?
Both the donor and recipient sites are numbed with local anesthesia. Sedation can be used as well, depending on the patient’s needs.
How much time does a treatment take?
The treatment usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the amount of fat to be injected. Time will be affected by any other procedures the patient is having completed during the same appointment.
Side effects of treatment:
You will notice quick outcomes from fat injection, but keep in mind that some of the increased volume may be due to swelling at the injection site. As the swelling subsides, you will see your actual results, usually within three to four months. Keep in mind that over time, your body may metabolize the injected fat, so volume may again decrease. Longer lasting results can be achieved with cosmetic surgery.
What are the risks of fat transfer?
Fat transfers to the face have negligible risk. A large fat transfer, like one to augment the buttocks, carries much higher risk. To minimize this, look for a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who can analyze your health and counsel you about risk factors and expected outcomes.
How much does a fat transfer procedure cost?
The cost of fat transfer to the face varies across the country, but a good rule of thumb is $1500 to $4000, depending on the amount of fat that is harvested and transferred.