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Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Skin & Laser Center

January 2018

Facial Fat Transfer: what is it and how can it benefit you?

Fat transfer remains a valuable option for patients desiring a more natural improvement in facial contour and fullness.

Why? 

Fat transfer uses your own tissue as a graft to improve facial volume and contour. Often patients are seeking facial and dermal fillers which provide temporary improvement at a significant cost with side effects such as delayed swelling or an unnatural look. Fat transfer is an alternative that reduces these complications (although it has it’s own risks ). Fat can be transferred into the cheeks, cheek bone area, temples, eyelids, lips and lower face (marionette lines).

How?

Fat is harvested from your abdomen or hips using local anesthetic It is then processed and transferred to small syringes which are used to inject the fat into the desired areas. The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia depending on patient and surgeon preference.

Fat is transferred as a graft. This means it does not have its own blood supply, and the expectation is that it will develop its own blood supply in order to become permanent. Some of the fat will not survive. Typically patients can expect 40 – 50 percent of the fat to survive the transfer process. Once the fat has taken, the result is permanent. This is in contrast to most dermal fillers which are temporary. In general, fat that does not take simply disappears. Rarely, it can form lumps or calcifications.

Learn More. 

Contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Zeff to determine the best approach to provide natural correction to facial volume loss.

What’s the hype about Volbella?


Volbella is an FDA approved ultra smooth gel filler from Juvéderm that is used to decrease lines and wrinkles on the face.  The smooth formula is injected with fine needles to give the lips a natural look and feel.  Volbella is developed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, so that treatment is less painful and uncomfortable.  It is primarily used to target the areas around the mouth, such as smoker’s lines and marionette lines, and to shape and plump the lips for increased symmetry and volume. It can be used to reduce the appearance of under eye hollows, also known as tear troughs, by adding volume back to the areas where it may have been lost due to aging.

The procedure typically takes no longer than 10-15 minutes.  Since the swelling and bruising is minimal, there is very little downtime following the treatment. The results of Volbella often last for up to 12 months.  Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.


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