Rediscover Your Youthful GlowWith a Facial Fat Transfer

Also sometimes known as fat grafting or lipofilling, facial fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that restores volume to your face in with an exceptional level of precision, creating a more youthful look and addressing some of the more common signs of mild to moderate facial aging. By using fat from another area of your body, facial fat transfer plumps, smooths, and lifts specific areas on your face for results that look natural and youthful.

  • Average Cost: $11,400
  • Typical Recovery Period: Seven to 10 Days
  • Discomfort Level: Mild
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, or IV Sedation
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Facial Fat Transfer: Next-Generation Facial Rejuvenation

A facial fat transfer uses your body’s own fat cells to restore volume in targeted areas on your face, addressing some of the most common signs of facial aging and generally creating a more youthful look. The procedure can improve sunken cheeks and hollow areas under the eyes while also smoothing over “marionette lines” around your nose and mouth, plumping thin lips, and improving the appearance of pitted facial scars.

The best part? Facial fat transfer can be a “two-in-one” procedure. In most cases, a modest amount of fat is harvested from a donor area using liposuction, but patients can request a more contoured appearance by removing additional unwanted fatty tissue in the donor area.

To learn more about how facial fat transfer can benefit you, reach out to us at our Spring, TX location and speak with a member of our team to set up your initial consultation today.

Facial Fat Transfer Candidates

Facial fat transfer works by harvesting fat from an area of your body that has plenty to spare with liposuction before transplanting it into your facial tissues, where it will replenish lost volume, smooth over the presence of fine lines and wrinkles, and generally restore a more youthful look. You must have an adequate volume of fat deposits available in your abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or elsewhere to undergo a facial fat transfer since the fat used for this procedure must be your own.

Our patients love this procedure for the following reasons:

  • Using your own body fat reduces the risk of allergic reactions.
  • The results are natural, safe, and long-lasting when the recovery process is complete.
  • A facial fat transfer is a noninvasive outpatient procedure, and you will be able to go home the same day.
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Your Facial Fat Transfer Consultation

During your consultation, your assigned Patient Experience Coordinator and Dr. Cho will discuss your concerns in more depth. Our goal is to learn as much as we can about your lifestyle and your goals, so we can craft a plan that takes both into account. The doctor will perform a physical assessment and offer you treatment options that balance your needs to manage your downtime and results. Many times, we’re able to offer a comprehensive approach that creates your ideal results with an exciting level of precision.

You’ll get to explore everything about this procedure, and Dr. Cho will inform you about alternatives such as dermal fillers. Together you will decide on a “donor” location on your body from which you can remove excess fat. Our patients often love this procedure due to its ability to essentially create cosmetic results in two areas, rather than just one. You’ll get to know all of the details of your treatment plan in depth so you can enjoy total peace of mind while you look forward to your exciting results.

You and Dr. Cho will talk about details like anesthesia and incision placement, in addition to going over any questions you have and carefully reviewing your post-procedure care instructions. After discussing your options, you will continue your journey with your Patient Experience Coordinator to further review your quotes and review the next steps of your aesthetics plan. Keep in mind that we’ll be available to you at every step of your journey with us, to ensure your comfort at all times.

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Our Surgical Approach to Facial Fat Transfer

The facial fat transfer procedure can take up to two hours to complete, though this will depend on the volume of fat that is being transferred and the location of the donor site(s). When Dr. Cho harvests fat from another area of your body, such as your abdomen or your thigh, you will receive a local anesthetic with oral sedation. When he injects the fat into your face, your face will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Deeper sedation options are available. The facial fat transfer is completed in three stages. You will meet with Dr. Cho to discuss the area from which fat will be removed, typically your thigh or abdomen.

You will be given a local anesthetic along with oral sedation, and the doctor will make a small incision in the selected area to remove the fat in a process similar to liposuction. The fat cells are then filtered in order to remove any impurities. Your face is then numbed with a local anesthetic, and Dr. Cho will inject the purified fat into your face to improve your appearance. After three months, the results are permanent. Since some of the fat will be reabsorbed into the body, you may need a touch-up procedure to further improve the results.

The Five Rs of Facial Rejuvenation

Our signature approach to full facial rejuvenation, coined the “The Five Rs to Facial Rejuvenation,” is designed to globally address the signs of aging and achieve long-lasting results. Each R works together to restore different layers of the face using a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures. This advanced method includes relaxing muscles, replenishing lost volume, restoring the skin, repositioning the tissues, and reducing facial volume.

R1 – Relax Muscles

We help to relax the muscles and smooth out the appearance of wrinkles by addressing the forehead, crow’s feet, frown lines, masseter lines, chin, and lip lines with muscle relaxer treatments like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxi. Muscle relaxers also help to reduce migraines, excessive sweating and gummy smiles.

R2 – Replenish Lost Volume

Whether you have volume loss from weight loss or due to the aging process, we can help replenish the volume and contour the face with fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, RHA, Sculptra, or Radiesse. When combining relaxation of the muscles (R1) with replenishing lost volume (R2) it can make a tremendous difference. We can enhance your results when using R2 in combination with volume reduction techniques (R5), repositioning of the tissue (R4), and restoring the skin (R3).

R3 – Restore the Skin

At Integrated Aesthetics, we offer a robust portfolio of skin resurfacing and tightening devices to help improve the texture, health, and appearance of your skin. Depending on whether the focus is improving discoloration, pore size, fine lines, or mild skin laxity, we offer different options that target different skin concerns.

R4 – Reposition the Tissue

As we get older, our tissues start to sag down. Anything we can do to reposition the tissue can help give you a more lifted appearance. Surgically, we can do a facelift (mini, full, or extended) or neck lift. On the minimally invasive side, we can use threads like Silhouette InstaLift, PDO threads, or MyEllevate to internally lift and reposition the tissues.

R5 – Reduce Facial Volume

Sometimes, instead of having volume lost as we age, we develop excess fullness. It can be fullness under our chin (double chin) or in the jowl area. If we reduce the fullness in the double chin region, it’s also going to help define the transition from the lower face to the neck. This can be done with procedures that either dissolve the fat (Kybella), tighten or melt the fatty tissue (AccuTite), remove the fat (Liposuction), or even freeze the fat (CoolSculpting).

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Combining Your Facial Fat Transfer with Other Procedures

In many cases, patients may complement a facial fat transfer with other upper face enhancing procedures, such as a brow lift, a facelift, and eyelid surgery. We also offer a variety of injectable treatments and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options at our MedSpa, enabling you to choose from over sixty surgical and non-surgical options for truly comprehensive facial rejuvenation. We pride ourselves on our integrated approach to cosmetics and will work closely with you to explore and educate you on the procedural choices that may be right for you.

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The Recovery Process
After Facial Fat Transfer

You can expect to see redness near the injection site on your face and experience mild soreness at the donor site for a couple of days. Over-the-counter pain medications will help you effectively manage your discomfort for most people, and we’ll ask you to ensure that you keep your face elevated on pillows to mitigate the swelling.

Most people find a facial fat transfer minimally painful and experience an easy recovery. Injection site bruising typically disappears within two weeks and can be covered up with makeup. During the first two to four months, you may see puffiness where your face was injected, but this will quickly fade, leaving you to enjoy your exciting results.

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FAQ

Do you offer alternative procedures?

What else do I need to know?

Are there any risks associated with this procedure?

How much does a consultation cost?

Do you offer alternative procedures?

Some patients choose dermal fillers to add volume to the facial area. Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra Aesthetic are popular, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. Each filler is slightly different, and Dr. Cho will recommend the right dermal filler based on your needs.

What else do I need to know?

  • Compared to dermal fillers, facial fat transfers are more time-consuming.
  • A fat transfer lasts longer than dermal fillers, but it is more expensive.
  • You might need to visit us for a touch-up procedure to improve your results.

Are there any risks associated with this procedure?

A facial fat transfer is typically a low risk-procedure. However, there is a potential for a hematoma, fat embolism, scarring, infections, or allergic reactions. By choosing a highly experienced practitioner like Dr. Cho, you give yourself the ability to avoid many of these potential complications.

How much does a consultation cost?

Your initial consultation will cost $175. Should you decide to move forward with Integrated Aesthetics, this payment will be applied to the total cost of your surgery.

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Discover True Cosmetic Excellence

A board-certified and extensively trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Young Cho offers an unmatched level of excellence, creating surgical outcomes that routinely surpass his patients’ expectations. He remains committed to working closely with each one of his patients to craft customized solutions and bespoke treatment plans that utilize an impressively robust selection of treatment options. In addition to having spent more than 15 years creating exemplary surgical results, he is also known for his dedication to education and teaching and is frequently called upon to share his skills and expertise with his peers.

Ready to learn more about how Dr. Cho can help you enjoy a renewed sense of facial rejuvenation? Our team is here to help, and can’t wait to set up your initial consultation so you can begin your life-affirming cosmetic journey with us. Reach out to our Spring, TX location and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your consultation today.

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