Facial Fat Grafting (Autologous Fat Transfer to the Lips and Cheeks) – Scottsdale, AZ*

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About Facial Fat Grafting

There are many procedures that can refresh the fullness and contours of your face, but autologous fat transfer to the face is rising in popularity. It provides natural improvements and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, frequently due to aging, tends to be most noticeable around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline. Autologous fat transfer to the face may be used to diminish the most common signs of aging, and it increases volume by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face using your transferred fat. By liposuctioning extra fat from other areas of your body, fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sidney Starkman can carefully place the fat into the needed sections of your face for beautiful, long-lasting results. With an autologous fat transfer to the face, you not only get a refreshed facial appearance, but you also smooth the curves of your body. To get more information about autologous fat transfer to the face, contact Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ to arrange a consultation with Dr. Starkman.

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, smile lines, and Crow's feet. Transferred fat can also minimize the appearance of pitted areas and scars. You can also add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of an injectable wrinkle filler, like Juvéderm or Restylane, a fat transfer is a good treatment if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a candidate for fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat to meet your goals.

Surgical Technique

Facial fat transfer is a two-part process that includes harvesting the fat and fat placement. Since such a small amount of fat is required, Dr. Starkman typically uses local or twilight anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Starkman will perform liposuction to remove fat, which will probably come from your abdomen, hips, or flanks. As soon as the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. Dr. Starkman will use different injection angles and techniques to ensure ideal immersion rates into your skin and to create symmetry. Based on your plan, fat may be transferred to your cheeks, lips, and/or beneath your eyes to add volume, as well as to correct lines, wrinkles, and facial depressions.

What to Expect

After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be stitched and cleaned before you are sent to the recovery area. Dr. Starkman or a member of his team will apply dressings and possibly compression garments and will monitor you until you can be sent home with a family member or friend. Before your surgery, Dr. Starkman will tell you what to expect after the procedure and how you can heal faster. Follow-up appointments need to be scheduled at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery so Dr. Starkman can evaluate your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take a couple of weeks to rest and heal. Right away, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the transfer site(s). You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you can see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with appropriate care, your results should last for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Your cost for a facial fat graft will include liposuction and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Starkman will determine how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and will prepare a custom plan. Then, he can begin to estimate your costs. To help make your treatment easier to afford, Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a fat transfer and a dermal filler (like Juvéderm and Restylane) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as add facial volume. While dermal fillers can give you wonderful results, a fat graft to the face usually looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want added and where, Dr. Starkman may suggest starting with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out what you want, Dr. Starkman can perform a fat graft to your face 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 facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume to improve the proportions of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to Dr. Starkman during your consultation about your wishes so he can create a plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that reach all your cosmetic goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
The length of time needed for your facial fat graft will vary, depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. As soon as your plan is created in your consultation, Dr. Starkman can go over what you should expect, like the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Starkman takes his time to carefully place the thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results look beautiful.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
A fat transfer can be used in a number of locations to add volume or reduce wrinkles. Fat grafting is great for enhancing the cheeks so that they appear fuller and lifted without surgery. In addition, transferred fat can be used to add volume to your lips. You may also use a fat transfer to fill the hollow areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can also treat scars and wrinkles (like brow furrows or marionette lines). Dr. Starkman will create your unique treatment plan to address all your concerns and aesthetic goals.

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Average Cost  
$2,500 - $4,000
Recovery Time  
2 – 4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up  
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Fat transfer procedures are a wonderful way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you wish for a younger, brighter appearance with little downtime, we urge you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. It is a great option for those wanting a natural-looking alteration and lasting results. Call our Scottsdale, AZ office at your earliest convenience to schedule your consultation with Dr. Starkman for this innovative procedure.

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