A more youthful face is possible at any age. Facial fat transfer is a natural way to obtain results using your body’s own fat to rejuvenate your face.
As a facial surgery expert, Dr. Farrior is highly skilled in the delicate art of facial fat transfer surgery. Dr. Farrior’s facial fat transfer adds volume to key areas of the face, allowing our patients to look years younger instantly.
This procedure is also known as autologous fat transfer or fat grafting facial surgery. It involves removing fat from undesirable areas like the tummy, thighs, or upper arms, then injecting that fat into the face to make you appear more youthful.
Volume is the key to a youthful appearing face.
Autologous fat transfer surgery helps patients remove small, stubborn pockets of fat, such as thigh fat or belly fat, using a suction device.
Instead of discarding the fat, this two-step procedure makes good use of the fat that is removed by injecting it into areas of the face that lack volume and fullness. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Farrior only harvests fat for transfer and does not do body sculpting. He is an expert in the face. Volume already present in the face can be repositioned with a Facelift, browlift, and lower lid blepharoplasty to achieve the most reliable and long-lasting “volumization”.
Our facial fat grafting is great for restoring volume and fullness to the:
First, anesthetic is administered for a comfortable experience. Fat is then harvested from the lower abdomen or thighs using a small cannula device that suctions away the unwanted fat.
At Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery, our patients’ wishes always come first. Your input is highly valued throughout the consultation process, especially when it comes to deciding which area(s) will have fat harvested. The fat cells are then separated, cleaned, and purified using a revolving canister.
When the process is complete, the fat that is left behind is clean, pure, and ready for injection into the face. A series of quick, relatively painless injections are then performed in the areas of the face that you want to look fuller. We take great care to respect your wishes when adding volume to the face. Together, your preferences and Dr. Farrior’s skilled injection technique marry to create a beautiful and natural-looking result.
Fat transfer surgery has been around for nearly two decades. Initially, it was considered a temporary solution, but vast improvements in technology and techniques have made it a reliable, permanent way to augment the body.
One of the latest innovations is the addition of the platelet-rich fabrin matrix. This helps stabilize the fat better than ever before. The purer the fat, the better and more long-lasting the results. Dr. Farrior is continually studying the latest techniques, honing his craft to provide his patients with stellar results.
The answer is no. The amount of fat removed may slim down the area to a degree depending on how much fat is removed, but it is not a substitute for weight loss surgery.
The amount of fat needed to inject fullness into the face is minimal. While you may have more fat liposuctioned away during the procedure than is needed for the face, it is best to reach a stable weight before the procedure. Avoiding future weight gain makes for long-lasting results.
We do not recommend fat transfer without anesthesia. However, it is possible in some cases to have fat transfer under local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of fat removed, our medical specialist will use their experienced judgment to make the call.
Your personal preference will also be a deciding factor; however, Dr. Farrior may require general anesthesia in some cases.
Fat transfer requires that the patient has enough body fat to perform the procedure. While most men and women have some areas of unwanted fat on their body, very thin patients may not be eligible for the procedure. However, due to the small amount of fat needed for facial injections, this is usually not a problem.
Additionally, facial fat transfer can only replace what has been lost. It does not address other aspects of skin aging, such as loose skin or severe wrinkles. While fat transfer can improve both to an extent, more advanced signs of aging may be treated better with a facelift or skin resurfacing. Fortunately, Dr. Farrior is a leading Tampa plastic surgeon that offers both surgical and non-surgical facial procedures.
Yes. it is somewhat dependent on the area where the fat is placed. The less movement in an area the better the fat survives. Some fat will live everywhere in the face. The lips which are the most mobile structure in the face will have less fat survival while the temples and cheeks will have the most.
Dr. Farrior is so much more than a doctor – he’s an artist. Dr. Farrior has the right medical knowledge and the artistic vision needed to create harmony among his patients’ facial features. He truly listens to his patients and is always open to their concerns.