Facial Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting

Facial fat grafting, commonly known as “fat transfer,” is a safe and effective way to add volume to areas of the face that have become sunken or creased due to trauma, environmental factors, and the aging process. Typically used as an alternative to dermal fillers, fat grafting offers a reliable and long-lasting solution for several common aesthetic concerns.

If you are curious to learn what facial fat grafting may be able to do for you, please call Charles Clarkson, MD at 805-434-2828 to schedule your initial consultation at our Templeton office today.

The Fat Transfer Process

The fat transfer process begins with the removal of excess fat from an area of the body with some to spare. Using liposuction, Dr. Clarkson may collect these fat cells from areas of the body that are typically very hard to sculpt, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and flanks.

Once collected, the donor fat is processed and purified in preparation for injection into the face. The fully prepared fat injections are then placed into specifically targeted areas of skin, helping to address signs of aging and other imperfections, and restore a smooth and youthful appearance.

What Does Facial Fat Grafting Treat?

Fat transfer to the face can help to produce ideal contours while addressing common skin concerns including:

  • Fine Lines and Deep Wrinkles
  • Surgical and Acne Scars
  • Sunken Cheeks
  • Depressed Eye Sockets
  • Asymmetrical and Thin Lips

Facial fat grafting uses your body’s fat to restore a firm and voluminous appearance to the skin, but it may require more than one session for optimal results. Unlike dermal fillers, fat can be reabsorbed by your body, reducing its presence in the treatment area. However, once results have been obtained, they can last for decades.

Who is a Good Facial Fat Grafting Candidate?

If you are unhappy with the way aging and other factors have impacted your skin, you may be a good candidate for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Fat grafting addresses skin laxity, hollowness, and folds, making it ideal for people looking to correct these specific concerns. The best way to learn if the procedure can help with your needs is through a private and confidential consultation at our Templeton office.

Fat grafting involves liposuction, which requires a donor site with fat to spare. In addition, good candidates for liposuction need to be:

  • Nonsmokers and in Generally Good Health
  • Able to Take Time to Recover
  • Willing to Follow Pre and Postoperative Instructions

During your initial consultation, Dr. Clarkson will evaluate your frame, listen to your concerns, review your medical history, and help you determine if facial fat grafting is the right fit for your needs.

Recovery from Facial Fat Transfer

Recovery from liposuctions can take up to eight weeks. During the first few weeks, swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort are common. These can be dealt with by keeping incisions dry and clean, using your compression garment, and carefully following all of the instructions provided by our office.

It may take two weeks before you feel comfortable engaging in mild exercises, though walking should be resumed within one to two days. More progressive exercises and demanding tasks will need to wait until you have healed. We will help you determine when it is safe to resume all normal activities during your follow-up visits.

For treatment areas on the face, you may experience injection-site redness, some swelling and bruising, and mild discomfort. These things should subside on their own, faster when you are dutiful in following pre and postoperative instructions.

We will remain available throughout your entire recovery period to help ensure your comfort.

How Long Before I See Results?

Some results from facial fat grafting will be immediately noticeable. These will continue to improve as the days and weeks progress. If desired results are not obtained within the first month, additional treatments may be needed. This is dependent on factors unique to you and your body, and can best be determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Clarkson.

Contact Us Today!

To schedule your facial fat grafting consultation, please contact us today. Dr. Clarkson is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, and all surrounding areas of California from our office in Templeton.

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