About Facial Fat Grafting
There are several options that restore the contours and fullness of your face, but facial fat grafting is growing in popularity because of its natural results and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, most commonly due to aging, tends to be more prominent around the eyes, jawlines, and cheeks. Facial fat grafting is used to decrease the most common signs of aging, and it restores plumpness by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds in your face through your natural fat. By taking excess fat from your body, Plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner can artfully re-inject the fat into the needed areas of your face for beautiful, lasting results. With facial fat grafting, you not only get a more youthful facial appearance, but you also experience the improved contours of your body. To learn more about facial fat grafting, contact Dorner Plastic Surgery in the Dublin and Columbus, OH area to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorner.
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"When All else Fails - If you've read my first procedure review, you know what's happening. If not, I'll give a brief synopsis for you.Back in 2016; I worked my a** off, literally. After losing 90 pounds I was left with stubborn belly fat and saggy skin around my abdomen. It was really affecting me and my view of my body. I worked extremely hard and felt I had nothing to show for it. Enter in, Dr. Dorner.I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair and liposuction done in September of 2016. 12 weeks into recovery..........Pregnant.I was extremely worried. I had just had this major abdominal surgery and now it was going to be undone; would it be okay for the baby, is it going to be too tight, would there be any complications? I had an amazing OB/GYN and it turned out her brother is a plastic surgeon. She said that she has had several patients that have had a tummy tuck and then had babies, with little complications, although they hadn't been as soon after.Long story short, everything turned out fine. I was fine, baby was fine (although she was breech and we couldn't get her to turn - no matter how hard we tried) and she was born in August of 2017.During my pregnancy I gained about 29 pounds. After my pregnancy, I gained additional weight. You know....new baby, whatever sleep I could get, nursing..these things took priority. I have managed to lose 23 pounds. So that's great, but it hasn't been lost from where I want. I've been trying hard, not as hard as before but still hard and the fats just not budging.I saw Dr. Dorner today for a consultation; after looking at the areas around my hips, he agreed and said he could perform liposuction with no issues. He did ask if I had had any drastic weight loss prior to my tummy tuck because I have more skin than he'd expect for someone who gained a small amount during pregnancy. I can't fault him for asking, I doubt he remembers my previous history, so I said yes. He briefly mentioned a posterior body tuck which I guess is like a tummy tuck for the backside. No thanks. Just the lipo please. I can live with my cellulite and not have to finance a down payment on a house.The quote was less than I imagined so I'm fairly certain this is going to happen. Just have to plan when; it looks like it will be shortly before mother's day, he's good at what he does and books out pretty far, plus it'll be my gift to myself."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 10, 2020
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Facial Fat Grafting Ideal Candidates
Facial fat grafting is good if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles like laugh lines, Crow's feet, and smile lines. Fat can also be used to improve the appearance of acne scars and sunken areas of your face. You can also add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of a dermal filler, like Juvéderm, a fat transfer is a good choice if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a good candidate for a facial fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat on your body to meet your goals.
Facial Fat Grafting Surgical Technique
Facial fat grafting is a two-part procedure that includes harvesting the fat and placement. Since such a small amount of fat is removed and grafted, Dr. Dorner typically uses local or twilight anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Dorner will perform liposuction to remove fat, which will probably come from your hips, flanks, or abdomen. Once the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. Dr. Dorner will use different techniques and injection angles to ensure the highest immersion rate into your skin and to create smoothness. Based on your treatment plan, fat may be injected in your cheeks, lips, and/or under your eyes to add volume as well as to fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and facial pits.
What to Expect with Facial Fat Grafting
After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be closed and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dr. Dorner or a member of his team will apply dressings, compression garments, and monitor you until you can be safely sent home with a responsible adult. Before your surgery, Dr. Dorner will tell you what to expect during your recovery and how you can speed your healing. Follow-up appointments will need to be scheduled at Dorner Plastic Surgery so Dr. Dorner can monitor your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take 1 – 2 weeks for your recovery. Initially, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and your face. You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you will be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with proper care, your results should last for many years.
Facial Fat Grafting Frequently Asked Questions
How much does facial fat grafting cost?
The cost for a fat graft will include the liposuction to remove fat and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Dorner will determine how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and will prepare a custom treatment plan. Then, he can begin to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. To make your facial fat grafting easier to afford, Dorner Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Either a facial fat transfer or a dermal filler (like Juvéderm) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as adding volume to your face. While dermal fillers can give you great results, a fat transfer often looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want to be added and where, Dr. Dorner may suggest starting with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out what you want, Dr. Dorner can perform a facial fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement a facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume that helps to improve the balance and proportion of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to Dr. Dorner during your consultation about all your wants so he can create a comprehensive plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that help to reach all of your cosmetic goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
The procedure time for a facial fat transfer will vary depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. Once your treatment plan is created in your consultation, Dr. Dorner can go over what you should expect, including the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Dorner takes his time carefully grafting thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results look beautiful and natural.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to add volume or fill in wrinkles. Fat grafting is ideally designed to augment or enhance the mid-face or cheeks so that this area appears fuller and lifted without having to undergo surgery. In addition, it can also be used as a natural lip filler. You may also consider a fat transfer to fill the hollow or sunken areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can also improve the appearance of pitted acne scars, static wrinkles (like brow furrows, marionette lines). Dr. Dorner will create your custom treatment plan to address one or more areas of your face based on your concerns and goals.
Fat transfer procedures are a brilliant way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you dream about a younger, glowing appearance with little downtime, we encourage you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Dorner Plastic Surgery, and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. It is an exciting option for individuals wanting a natural enhancement and lasting results. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dorner for this state-of-the-art procedure.