Facial Fat Grafting (Autologous Fat Transfer to the Lips and Cheeks) – Ashburn, VA

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About Facial Fat Grafting

Nowadays, there are numerous procedures that refresh the contours and volume of your face; however, autologous fat transfer to the face is rising in popularity since it provides natural-looking improvements and long-lasting benefits for the skin. Lost volume, frequently caused by aging, is usually more pronounced in the areas around the cheeks, jawline, and eyes. Autologous fat transfer to the face may be used to correct some of the more typical signs of aging, and it increases volume by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face using your transferred fatty tissue. By liposuctioning extra fat from areas of your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown can carefully place the purified fat to the desired sections of your face for beautiful, long-lasting results. With an autologous fat transfer to the face, you do not just see a refreshed facial appearance, you smooth the curves of your body. To receive more information about autologous fat transfer to the face, contact The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery in Ashburn, VA to arrange an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Brown.

Ideal Candidates

A fat transfer can help if you want to add volume that looks natural to certain places in your face. Transferring fat to your face may improve wrinkles, such as smile lines, Crow's feet, and laugh lines. Transferred fat may also minimize the visibility of pitted areas and scars. You may also enhance your cheeks and lips for a rejuvenated appearance. With results similar to an injectable filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a facial fat transfer is a great treatment if you would like longer-lasting results. In order to be a candidate for a fat transfer, you need to have enough extra fat to fulfill your goals.

Surgical Technique

Facial fat transfer is a two-step process that includes liposuction and injection. Since only a minimal amount of fat is required, Dr. Brown usually uses twilight or local anesthesia. To start, Dr. Brown will use liposuction to extract fat, which may be taken from your hips, abdomen, or flanks. As soon as the fat is removed, it will be processed and then placed in syringes. Dr. Brown uses different injection angles and techniques to provide ideal immersion rates into your skin, as well as to create symmetry. According to your plan, fat will be transferred to your lips, cheeks, and/or beneath your eyes to create volume, as well as to correct wrinkles, lines, and facial depressions.

What to Expect

Following your fat graft, your liposuction incisions will be stitched before you are sent into recovery. Dr. Brown or someone on his staff will apply wound coverings and watch you until you are able to be taken home by a family member or friend. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Brown will let you know what will happen after the procedure and ways you are able to heal faster. Follow-up appointments need to be made at our Ashburn, VA office so Dr. Brown can evaluate your healing and results. Your recovery will be different, depending on the amount of fat that is taken and grafted, but you need to plan to spend a couple of weeks to rest and heal. Right away, you might feel uncomfortable with swelling and bruising at the area(s) that received liposuction along with the transfer site(s). You might see a little improvement immediately; however, it is going to take a few weeks until you can see your final outcomes. A little bit of fat might be reabsorbed, but with appropriate maintenance, your improvements can last for several years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Your cost for a facial fat graft will include liposuction and will vary, depending on the amount of volume being transferred. Following a complete examination, Dr. Brown will decide how much fat is required to achieve your goals before developing a personal plan. After this, he can start to calculate costs, like anesthesia and facility fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Either a facial fat graft or an injectable wrinkle filler (for example, Restylane and Juvéderm) may correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring facial volume. Although fillers may create wonderful results, a fat graft to the face usually lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you want and in which areas, Dr. Brown might recommend using wrinkle fillers. As soon as you have decided what you like, Dr. Brown will schedule a fat graft to your face for long-lasting results.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
A fat transfer to the face may be performed with another procedure, like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer is also a good way to enhance another cosmetic surgery. A fat graft will increase volume to improve the proportions of your face during a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Talk to Dr. Brown in your consultation about your needs and wants so he can develop a plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that reach all your goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
The length of time needed for your facial fat graft will depend on the amount of fat being taken, plus the volume required to reach your goals. As soon as your plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will discuss what you can expect, like how long it will take. Dr. Brown takes his time to carefully place even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are beautiful.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
A fat transfer may be used in several areas to increase volume or reduce lines. It is an effective procedure to enhance the cheeks so that the area looks lifted and fuller without surgery. Additionally, transferred fat may also be used to add volume to your lips and improve the hollow under eye areas. A fat transfer to your face may also treat scars and wrinkles (marionette lines or brow furrows). Dr. Brown will develop your unique treatment plan to focus on your needs and aesthetic goals.

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Average Cost  
$3,000 - $15,000
Return to Work  
5 - 7 Days
Surgery Time  
1 - 4 Hours
Follow Ups  
5 Days, 1 Month, 1 Year
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Increased Volume

Fat transfer is a wonderful way to add volume, even out lines, and enhance the areas of your face. When you desire a more youthful, bright look with a short recovery period, we urge you to learn more about a fat transfer at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery, and find out how it can help you meet your aesthetic goals. It is a good choice for women and men who want a natural alteration and long-lasting results. Contact our Ashburn, VA practice at your earliest convenience to set up your appointment with Dr. Brown for this exciting procedure.

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