Many minimally invasive options are available for facial rejuvenation. You may have heard terms such as liposculpture, autologous fat grafting, micro fat graft, fat augmentation, and fat transfer. Essentially, these terms all refer to the same procedure. Although not always as well known as other treatments by Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC patients, fat transfer provides effective facial rejuvenation by removing fat from one are of your body and injecting it to augment the structure of your face.
Autologous fat, or one's own fat, is an ideal filler material. It is non-allergic, natural, easily available, and has the potential for long-term, natural-looking results. Fat transfer may also help patients to treat traumatic deformities such as scars and may allow select patients to avoid more extensive plastic surgery.
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Case 104, Cheek Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement
Washington DC facelift candidates often ask plastic surgeons if alternatives exist for a traditional facelift. While nothing yet replaces face lift surgery for its rejuvenating effect, non-surgical options have been developed that can improve one's appearance without the downtime of traditional facial cosmetic surgery. Part of the reason non-surgical treatments have exploded is from a better understanding of facial aging. The face does not merely sag with time, but also shrinks and looses volume in certain facial areas. Fat loss in the cheeks, around the eyes, and lips contribute to looking "older" or "tired".This Washingtonian wanted to improve her neck contour that ...
Case 118, Facelift, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement
Busy Washington DC cosmetic surgery patients often seek alternatives to a traditional facelift. A traditional facelift rejuvenates the neck and jawline, but may have longer recovery as compared to a mini lift or s-lift type facelifts. Regardless of facelift type, additional procedures are often required, such as fat injections, chin implant, or cheek lift, to further improve aesthetic results. Due to the multifactorial changes to bone, fat, and skin that occur in one's face, lifting the face alone may not be sufficient to restore youthful features.This Washingtonian facelift patient wanted to improve her neck, cheeks, and lips. She previously had Restylane® injections in her cheek ar...
Case 176, Brow Lift, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation, Eyelid Surgery, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer
Sagging neck skin gradually develops as one gets older. In addition, fat accumulates under the chin and facial bones thin over time. Each factor plays a different role in every patient to create an aging neck or submental fullness (i.e. a double chin). Plastic surgery options will vary based on a patient's anatomy and personal preferences.This woman had prior facelift and chin surgery, and has multiple factors contributing to her aging neck and jawline. She had sagging skin and muscle, excess neck fat, a weak chin bone, and droopy neck glands. She consulted with several plastic surgeons and chose Dr. Chaboki, a facelift specialist, to perform revision cosmetic surgery...
Case 48, Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement
The eyebrow naturally descends and flattens with sun damage and age. Low eyebrows may inadvertantly convey a tired or angry appearance. Brow lift surgery can help "open" up the eyes to rejuvenate the face, in addition to recreating a natural arch to the eyebrow. Dr. Chaboki often performs an endoscopic brow lift with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to achieve a youthful and natural look.This Maryland area patient had considered facial plastic surgery for long period of time, but was not sure what the most appropriate procedure would be for her. She discussed her options with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Chaboki and decided on lower blepharoplasty for the eye bags, endoscopic brow lift to improve the...
Case 135, Eyelid Surgery, Fat Transfer
Dark circles and eye bags are cosmetic concerns for many Washington DC area plastic surgery patients. Eyelid surgery, fat injections, and/or facial filler injections are options to help reduce the eye bags and improve one's appearance. Lower eyelid bags and dark circles may even be present in young patients.This younger man wanted to improve his lower eyelid area and had already consulted with another DC plastic surgeon before consulting with Washington DC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaboki to review cosmetic treatment options. Examination revealed excess fat around the eye, but also insufficient fat volume of the upper cheek and midfacial area. Part of his dark circles was due to t...
Case 56, Cheek Augmentation, Fat Transfer
Maryland plastic surgery is both cosmetic and reconstructive. Procedures typically considered cosmetic surgery in Maryland may be performed for reconstructive purposes and vice versa. This patient consulted with facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki, for options to improve facial asymmetry due to a sunken and very small left cheek bone since early childhood. The patient had already undergone numerous plastic surgery procedures outside the US. After considering several plastic surgery options with Dr. Chaboki, the patient underwent a silicone cheek implant and facial fat injections on the left side to help create facial balance and improve the asymmetry. The patient is now more confident given ...
Case 137, Chin Augmentation, Facelift, Fat Transfer
Washington DC facelift candidates may seek alternatives to a traditional facelift, especially if they already have had a facelift or medical conditions that can affect their plastic surgery. A traditional facelift rejuvenates the neck and jawline with incisions placed under the chin and around the ears. Patients who previously had a facelift often consider additional procedures such as fat injections, chin implant, or cheek lift. These additional plastic surgery procedures are often required due to the multifactorial changes to bone, fat, and skin that occur in one's face.This Washingtonian wanted to improve her neck, cheeks, and lips. Partly from smoking, sun damage, and genetics, she h...
Case 143, Eyelid Surgery, Fat Transfer
Dark circles may develop under the lower eyelids for many reasons. As a result, one treatment might be insufficient to improve the appearance of dark circles. Dark circles are partly due to the shadow created by the excess volume of the eye above and the insufficient volume of the cheek below. Dark circles develop partially from excess fat around the eye, fat loss in the upper cheek area, and skin wrinkles. Subsequently, dark circles may be improved by fat reduction of the eye, volume augmentation of the upper cheek, and/or skin resurfacing treatments. Washington DC area plastic surgery patients will determine the best eyelid procedure(s) with guidance from their plastic surgeon. E...
Case 36, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement
Wrinkles around the lips commonly develop with natural aging or sun damage. Many Washington DC area women seek lip enhancement treatments to rejuvenate the skin and restore a more youthful appearance. These lip creases may be treated with skin resurfacing such as chemical peels, lasers, or dermabrasion. Alternatively, lip injections with either facial fillers or fat can help smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the lips.This northern Virginia woman previously had Juvederm injections into the lip creases and wanted an alternative natural filler for lip enhancement. We decided on fat injections due the potential for longer term results. A small amount of her own fat was taken via liposuction from th...
Case 37, Eyelid Surgery, Facelift, Fat Transfer, Skin Care Products
Face lift surgery involves primarily the lower face, jowls, jawline, and neck and does not address other areas of the face. As a result, Washington face lift patients frequently require multiple procedures to rejuvenate the entire face, a result that a face lift alone could not accomplish.This working Washingtonian has a very active life, both at work and away from the office. Sun damage and natural aging resulted in sagging skin and wrinkles that portrayed him as much older than he felt. He consulted with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaboki to review cosmetic surgery options, with the understanding that he couldn't be away from work for too long. His facial rejuvenation procedures involved a...
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How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
For people in Northern Virginia and Maryland, fat transfer is commonly performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. During the procedure, Dr. Chaboki takes small amounts of your own fat (usually from your abdomen) and injects the fat directly into your face to restore volume and augment facial structure.
Fat is gently harvested via a small liposuction cannula from your belly button, hips, legs, or buttocks. It is injected as tiny particles via a small syringe into the areas that require volume. These areas often include:
- The upper and lower lips.
- The jaw line and pre-jowl area.
- Nasolabial folds, often referred to as "parentheses."
- The tear trough area.
Some patients may also benefit from fat in the temple areas, around the eye, and even the earlobe. A fat transfer is often complemented by other cosmetic surgery procedures in Northern Virginia and Maryland like facelift surgery.
What Can I Expect After Fat Transfer?
Most patients have minimal swelling, discomfort and bruising after the procedure, which lasts a few weeks. Touch-up injections may occur several weeks after the first injection, once a majority of the swelling and bruising has subsided. In most cases, Dr. Chaboki will wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before considering repeat injection.
Alternatives to Fat Transfer
Restoring youth commonly involves adding volume, but some patients may have too much facial fat. These patients may benefit from buccal fat reduction to reduce facial volume and to create a more defined look.
This technique may allow select patients to avoid more extensive plastic surgery procedures such as facial implants. Many other options are available for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. For wrinkle reduction and enhancing volume, these options include facial fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic in Washington, DC.