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Fat Transfer

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 from Arlington, Silver Spring, and other communities in the Washington, D.C., metro area correct traumatic deformities such as scars and may allow select patients to avoid more extensive plastic surgery.

To learn more about fat transfer, request a cosmetic consultation with board-certfied facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

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Case 225, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer, Featured Cases

Loose skin affects everyone to various degrees. Plastic surgeons typically observe skin laxity and sagging neck skin in patients over fifty. Fat also accumulates under the chin, and facial bones become thinner over time. Each anatomic facto...

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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...

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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 d...

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Case 118, Facelift, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement

Busy women and men 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, our Washingt...

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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'...

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Case 188, Cheek Augmentation, Facelift, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement

The face and neck continues to age despite cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgeons might be able to turn back the clock, however, cannot stop the clock of aging. Skin continues to sag and fat changes gradually with time. Each factor contributes ...

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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 ...

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Case 196, Cheek Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer

More men are getting facial cosmetic procedures, as there is less stigma and a greater acceptance of men undergoing cosmetic surgery. This growth in the male aesthetic demand comes from men in all areas of life, from millennials to baby boomers....

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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 wit...

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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, f...

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How Much Does Fat Transfer Cost?

Facial fat transfer is a highly customized procedure, and the price you'll pay for yours here in D.C. is largely dependent on a number of factors, including the details of your unique procedure. The price of most fat transfer procedures typically falls within the range of $5,000 and $7,500*. During your initial consultation, we offer you a personalized quote that includes the cost of the procedure itself as well as all associated fees. You can learn more about paying for plastic surgery on our Fees & Financing page.

How Is Fat Transfer Performed?

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:

  • Upper and lower lips
  • Jawline and pre-jowl area
  • Nasolabial folds, often referred to as "parentheses"
  • Tear trough area under the eyes
  • Cheeks

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 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.

*Price information is an estimation and individual pricing will vary. All prices are subject to change and costs are non-refundable.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.