What Is Fat Transfer for the Face?

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Many people concerned about losing the facial volume that creates a more youthful appearance often turn to dermal fillers as a nonsurgical solution. Patients, however, are often surprised that their own fat can be used as a natural filler to restore volume to sunken cheeks, create plumper lips, or smooth out facial wrinkles. Fat grafting is a technique used often by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Boggess. 

How Is Fat Transferred to the Face?

Autologous fat grafting (using fat from the patient’s body) is a 3-step process. The procedure begins with taking a small amount of fat from an area of the body such as the abdomen or thigh, using liposuction. Dr. Boggess then spins the fat in a centrifuge to separate the fat from impurities. The third step involves carefully injecting the purified fat tissue into areas of the face that lack volume. 

In addition to using fat transfer as an alternative to dermal fillers in nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Boggess often combines fat grafting with facelift surgery

Why Choose Fat Grafting?

As you age, your face naturally loses its youthful volume. You may start to notice sagging skin, wrinkles, and creases. Fat grafting is a procedure that can help minimize these age-related changes and help you feel more confident in your appearance. 

Even though fat grafting seems to be a recent trend in aesthetics, the technique has been around for more than a century. It is believed that fat grafting existed as early as 1893. During that period, free fat was used to correct tissue defects. The facial fat transfer now used by facial plastic surgeons was developed in the early 1980s.

What Are the Benefits of Fat Grafting? 

One of the primary benefits of fat grafting is that the technique safely produces long-lasting results. Unlike dermal fillers, which are gradually absorbed by the body, your own fat remains viable for years and years. Because the fat is taken from the patient, there is no risk of a negative reaction. It also looks and feels natural, as you can see in our gallery of before and after photos. You will quickly notice the huge difference in the facial composition of the patients who have had a fat transfer procedure. 

Fat grafting is well-suited for most people. If you have areas of your face that appear sunken, wrinkled, or both, the procedure is a good option for you. It also works for those who want a longer-lasting result compared to the temporary correction offered by fillers.

In addition to helping minimize signs of aging, fat grafting can also be used to change the contours of certain facial features. For example, if you want to contour your face to have certain areas more pronounced, it is an excellent procedure to consider. You can also choose this procedure to reduce scarring and to fill depressions on your face. The overall result of fat grafting is skin that appears younger, more rejuvenated, and healthier.

Why It’s Important to Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon for Fat Grafting

Dr. Boggess is a trusted expert in facial rejuvenation with more than 20 years of experience. He has performed well over 6,000 facial rejuvenation procedures with excellent results. 

When it comes to fat grafting, Dr. Boggess and the team at Youthful Reflections have the expertise and experience to create attractive results. At the end of your facial procedure, you will not only look refreshed but will also feel great about yourself. One of the many things that set Youthful Reflections apart, is that our team of experts take time to listen to our patients and understand their goals so that we can help them to optimize their outcome.

Even women and men who shy away from plastic surgery can benefit from fat transfer, which helps people look like themselves, but younger. Thousands of people have reached out to Dr. Boggess and our team to undergo facial rejuvenation procedures that will leave them feeling more confident about themselves.

At Youthful Reflections, we offer the most effective facial rejuvenation procedures available. With the help of Dr. Boggess, you will select a procedure that is specially tailored for you. Our professional staff knows that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to facial rejuvenation, which is why an individualized plan will be created for your targeted goals. 

If you are ready to see a renewed version of yourself, schedule a free consultation today. 

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