Facial Fat Transfer in Louisville, KY

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What is A Facial Fat Transfer?

If you're not quite ready to undergo a full facelift or surgical procedure, but still want to fill in wrinkles and add volume to your face and lips, then a facial fat transfer could be the right treatment for you. During a facial fat transfer, sometimes called fat grafting, Plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi will extract fat from others areas of your body using liposuction as the first step. The fat will then be purified and carefully injected into the agreed upon areas such as the cheeks, lips, chin, and other places that need additional volume and replenishment. You can schedule a consultation at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery in Louisville, KY to create a unique treatment plan and determine which areas need to be addressed.  

Am I A Candidate for A Facial Fat Transfer?

Men and women are turning to plastic surgeons who perform fat transfers to plump cheeks, fill lips, and restore youthfulness back into the facial skin. Great candidates for a facial fat transfer:

  • Have areas of the body with enough excess fat for liposuction
  • Have areas of the face that are flat or thin and need volume
  • Are allergic to injectable fillers such as Radiesse or Voluma
  • Have overall good health

49 Years Old, Fraxel Repair and Full Facial Fat Transfer - Louisville, KY - I chose Dr. Mizuguchi after 2 other PS consults for fraxel, fat transfer and a mini facelift. Dr. M told me that the mini lift would not result in a good long term result since I'd had weight loss surgery and my skin would not respond as others would. No one else picked up on that. He also is very kind and fun and instills confidence in you that he knows exactly what will work for you. I had the fraxel and fat transfer and I am very, very pleased. The staff at Calospa is also top notch, very careful to review the procedures thoroughly, prepare you for surgery and follow you closely afterward. I cannot recommend these folks more highly.

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How is a Facial Fat Transfer Performed?

Once you are under general anesthesia or local sedation, an instrument called a cannula is inserted into the skin to suction out the fat. Incisions for this procedure are routinely very small and will be easily hidden under clothing. The removed fat is then sorted and purified before being put into a syringe for the transfer. Our plastic surgeon will inject the fat into the skin and massage the area so that the fat settles smoothly into the needed place. This process may have to be performed several times, which is also known as a layered fat grafting, for the best results. You will see some redness and swelling initially, but fat transfers usually have a downtime of 7 – 10 days and total recovery period of 1 – 2 weeks.

What to Expect After A Facial Fat Transfer

You may need additional grafting surgeries in the future. As the fat settles into the new area of the body, it may become reabsorbed. Fat transfer is generally an easier and more natural way to enhance and add volume to areas of the face than dermal injectables or artificial implants. Some patients may consider having dermal injections in the area(s) that need volume as a test to see what they do or do not like about the overall results. 

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Weight loss, aging, and genetics are all reasons why an area of the face needs replenished volume. A fat transfer creates fuller, healthier-looking facial skin, lips, and chin without allergic reactions since it is your own fat. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about fat transfer surgery and all of your options. 

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?

Both a facial fat graft and a dermal filler (for example, Restylane or JUVÉDERM) may correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring volume. Although fillers may create great results, a facial fat transfer often lasts longer and looks more natural. To help you decide how much volume you want and where, Dr. Mizuguchi might suggest using dermal fillers. As soon as you've figured out what you want, Dr. Mizuguchi can perform a facial fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?

A fat transfer to the face may be combined with a nonsurgical treatment like a wrinkle relaxer such as BOTOX or a skin treatment like a facial. A fat transfer is also a popular treatment to complement a 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. Mizuguchi during your consultation about all your needs and wants so he can develop a comprehensive plan with nonsurgical and surgical treatments that help to reach all of your cosmetic goals.

How long does a facial fat transfer take?

How long it takes to complete your facial fat graft will vary depending on how much fat is removed and the volume needed to attain the desired result. As soon as your plan is created during your consultation, Dr. Mizuguchi can discuss what you can expect, like the time it will take for fat removal, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Mizuguchi takes his time carefully place thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results look beautiful and natural.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.