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Fat Transfer

Facial fat loss combined with loss of skin tone and muscle tone is part of the natural aging process and one of the primary causes of an older-looking face. Fat transfer takes years off your face, restoring youthful volume using your own living tissue.

Fat Transfer for the Face FAQs

How is this procedure done?

Fat transfer is a two-step process. First, surgeons harvest fat (most commonly from the inner thighs) using tumescent fluid—a dilution of local anesthetic and epinephrine. The fluid numbs the area and minimizes bleeding. Fat is gently suctioned out through small tubes. Stage two involves injecting the harvested fat into intramuscular or subcutaneous areas around the eyes, cheeks and mouth. The patient and doctor determine the exact placement during a preoperative consultation.

Are there alternative treatments to fat transfer?

Nonsurgical, injectable dermal fillers provide wrinkle reduction lasting six months to a year. Solid implants can be used to enhance volume in certain areas of the face, including the chin, cheeks and jawline.

What is the recovery time for fat transfer?

Bruising and swelling can last from two to four weeks. CureLight treatments can help reduce healing time.

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