Facial Fat Transfer (Autologous Fat Transfer to the Lips and Cheeks) – Plano, TX

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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, Dr. Jeffrey Caruth 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, you improve the contours of your body. To learn more about facial fat grafting, contact Plano Aesthetics in Plano, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caruth.

Ideal Candidates

Facial fat grafting is ideal 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.

Surgical Technique

Facial fat grafting is a two-part procedure that includes harvesting the fat and then the actual placement. Since such a small amount of fat is removed and grafted, Dr. Caruth typically uses local or twilight anesthesia. Once the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. Dr. Caruth 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

After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be closed and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dr. Caruth 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. Caruth 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 Plano Aesthetics so Dr. Caruth 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 to fully recover. Initially, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and your face. You may notice initial results right away, but it will take several weeks before you will be able to see your final outcome. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with proper care, your results should last for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does facial fat transfer cost?
The cost of your treatment will include AquaShape as well as the placement of the transfer, and will vary based on the complexity of the procedure. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Caruth 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, Plano Aesthetics 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 added and where, Dr. Caruth may suggest starting with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out your goal appearance, Dr. Caruth can perform a facial fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.

Can facial fat transfer be combined with another procedure?
A facial fat transfer can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer). It has also become a popular treatment to complement facial surgeries. A fat transfer can add volume that helps to improve the balance and proportion of your face, which can enhance the results of many different facial procedures. Talk to Dr. Caruth during your consultation about each of your aesthetic goals so he can create a comprehensive plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that help to reach each of them.

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 during your consultation, Dr. Caruth can go over what you should expect, including the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Caruth 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 transfer?
Facial fat transfer can be used in a number of locations to add volume or fill in wrinkles. The process 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. Caruth will create your custom treatment plan to address one or more areas of your face based on your concerns and goals.

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Average Cost  
From $2,000
Recovery Time  
1 – 2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
Less than 1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
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Increased Volume

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 Plano Aesthetics, and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. It is an exciting option for individuals wanting a natural enhancement and lasting results. Call our Plano, TX office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Caruth for this state-of-the-art procedure.

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