What is a Facial Fat Transfer?
As the face ages, the fatty tissue in the cheeks, temples, and under eyes can diminish and make the face appear more sunken and hollow. A facial fat transfer takes fat from areas, such as the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen, and is injected into areas of the face where more volume is desired. At SkinSational MedSpa in El Paso, TX, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Reo Pugao offers free facial fat transfer consultations so that you can learn about this innovative procedure and how it can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Contact our friendly staff in El Paso, TX to schedule your consultation.
How is a Facial Fat Transfer Performed?
Ideal candidates for a facial fat transfer are in good general health and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can accomplish. Dr. Reo Pugao generously offers a free consultation so that patients can learn more about how this procedure is performed, what the recovery period will look like, and how much the procedure will cost. The procedure itself is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Fat is liposuctioned from donor sites, like the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen, and then prepared in syringes for injection into the areas of the face where more volume is desired. There will be some swelling and bruising at both the injection sites and the removal sites directly after the procedure, but these will diminish within a few days.
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Facial Fat Transfer FAQ
How much does a facial fat transfer cost?
The cost for a facial fat graft will include fat removal and will vary depending on the amount of volume being added. Following a complete assessment, Dr. Pugao will determine how much fat is needed to achieve the desired volume and develop a personal treatment plan. After this, he can start to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, SkinSational MedSpa accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a fat transfer to the face and a dermal filler (for example, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®) may correct the appearance of fine lines and static wrinkles while also adding volume to your face. While dermal fillers can create great results, a fat graft to the face often looks more natural and lasts longer. If you need help deciding how much fat you want to be added and where — Dr. Pugao might suggest using dermal fillers. As soon as you have decided what you like, Dr. Pugao will schedule a fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.
Can a facial fat transfer be combined with another procedure?
A fat transfer to the face may be combined with a nonsurgical treatment such as a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX®) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer is also a popular treatment to complement facial surgery. A fat transfer will increase volume to improve the proportions of your face during a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Talk to Dr. Pugao during your consultation about all your needs and wants so he can create a comprehensive plan with nonsurgical and surgical treatments that reach all your cosmetic goals.
How long does a facial fat transfer take?
The procedure time for a fat transfer will vary depending on the amount of fat being removed, as well as the volume needed to reach your goals. When your treatment plan is created in your initial consultation, Dr. Pugao will go over what you should expect, for example, the time it will take. Dr. Pugao takes his time carefully injecting even layers of fat with advanced techniques — so your outcomes are beautiful and look natural.
Which areas of the face can be improved with a fat transfer?
A facial fat transfer may be used in several areas to add volume or reduce lines. Fat grafting is great to augment the mid-face or cheeks so that this area looks fuller and lifted without having to undergo surgery. In addition, fat can also be used to add volume to your lips. You can also use a fat graft to fill the hollow or sunken under-eye areas. Facial fat grafting may also correct scars and static wrinkles (like marionette lines or brow furrows ). Dr. Pugao will create your unique treatment plan to address one or more areas of your face based on your needs and goals.
Full, Youthful Features
If you are concerned about less volume in key areas of your face and would like to help restore a fuller, more youthful appearance, then a facial fat transfer may be beneficial to you. Call SkinSational MedSpa in El Paso, TX to schedule your free facial fat transfer consultation with Dr. Reo Pugao, and let us help you reveal your beauty.