With facial fat injections, also referred to as fat transfer, you can add volume to facial features such as the lips and cheeks with very long-lasting results. Fat injections utilize your own natural fat cells to augment areas of the face, giving these areas a fuller and more youthful appearance.
The procedure is a double-benefit for patients in that it is basically a combination of liposuction and facial enhancement, helping you to reduce excess fat in one area of the body and utilize some of those fat cells to enhance your facial features. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Venkata Erella, can help you to achieve your goals with beautiful, natural-looking results. To learn more, simply call (512) 686-0012 to arrange a complimentary, discreet consultation.
What Are Facial Fat Injections?
Many people who have had thin lips or hollow cheeks their whole lives would like to add volume and contour to these areas, which can ultimately have a positive effect on the entire facial appearance. It is also very common for individuals to experience a loss of facial volume in these areas over time.
With facial fat injections, you can add volume to the lips, cheeks, temples, or around the eyes with results that often last much longer than those associated with other dermal filler treatments. Since the treatment involves using your own fat cells taken from another part of your body, fat injections can be beneficial for those seeking to recontour specific body areas in addition to enhancing their facial features.
Am I a Candidate?
Candidates for facial fat injections are typically those patients who are in reasonably good physical and emotional health, and those who:
- Have experienced a loss of volume in the cheeks, temples and around eyes
- Would like to add volume, new contours, and definition to facial areas
- Are looking to enhance their facial appearance as well as reduce excess fat pockets from other areas of the body
- Have experienced facial fat atrophy from diseases like HIV, other fat atrophy disorders and trauma.
Fat Injections Procedure
In the first stage of the fat injection procedure, Dr. Erella will remove excess fat cells from another area of your body using liposuction (effectively giving you two procedures in one). The fat cells will be thoroughly purified in preparation for transfer to the facial areas targeted for treatment.
With a special cannula, Dr. Erella will inject the fat cells into the target areas, adding volume and contour to your facial features. Fat injections can typically be performed on an outpatient basis.
Fat Injection Recovery
- After facial fat injection treatment, you should be able to resume normal daily activities within a few days. The exact time period will depend on each individual patient’s unique needs, as well as the extent of the treatment.
- You can expect some bruising and swelling in the treated areas; however, this is only temporary.
- Any residual discomfort can be managed with medication.
Fat Transfer Results
While individual results will vary, for many patients results of facial fat injections are often immediately noticeable. A few weeks may be necessary for the swelling to completely fade and for the most optimal results to be apparent.
It is sometimes necessary to undergo more than one treatment to obtain the best results. However, the ultimate effects of facial fat injections should yield a very natural and beautiful appearance. Results often last for years, and can be maintained with follow up treatments in the future.
For more information on facial fat injections, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Erella, please contact Aspira Plastic Surgery through the form on our website or by calling us at (512) 686-0012 today.