Fat Transfer Surgery in Orange County

Facial Fat Grafting

Volume loss is one of the earliest changes to take place in facial aging. Everyone loses facial fat in specific areas of their face, which begins in our early-mid thirties. These volume changes result in external changes that are associated with an older facial appearance.

Facial fat grafting has been used over the last several decades to reverse volume related signs of aging and restores a youthful foundation to the face.

What is Facial Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting has been used in plastic surgery for aesthetic and reconstructive procedures as early as 1893. Over the last decade, facial fat grafting has become a popular procedure for patients wishing for longterm volume restoration of the cheeks, temples, and jawline. Facial fat grafting uses a patients own fat taken from other parts of the body (abdomen, thigh, flank) and transfers it to the desired areas for facial augmentation.

Facial fat grafting is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a blepharoplasty or a facelift treatment to provide balance and harmony for the most  natural aesthetic restoration of the face. It is a long lasting, natural procedure that not only restores volume, but creates lift in the cheeks and jawline.

What are the Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting?

Facial fat grafting can correct a number of age related facial changes including: 

  • temporal hollowing
  • forehead wrinkles
  • sagging cheeks
  • jowling
  • nasolabial folds (smile lines)
  • marionette lines (puppet lines)
  • jawline weakness
  • facial scars/depressions

Another important benefit of facial fat grafting involves the collection of stem cells which occur during the harvesting process. Stem cells are contained within the main body of fat cells. These stem cells have the potential to replace damaged cells that regenerate tissue from within. They stimulate growth which repairs tissue and enables the fat cells to survive and thrive in the new location.

Facial Fat Grafting Procedure

Prior to harvest the fat, numbing medication is applied to the areas being treated to ensure a painless procedure. A syringe or a tiny cannula is used to remove a small amount of fat from the donor site such as the waist, tummy or thighs. The fat is then purified using a centrifuge to filter live fat cells from the other fluids present and transferred to special syringes used for fat injection.

Dr. Boeckmann then takes the time to layer microscopically small droplets of fat in a natural progression along the natural contours of the face. This allows a small amount of space to exist between each injection, which in turn helps to establish a blood supply for the grafted fat. In this way the transferred fat cells can establish circulation, permitting longevity of the cells.

Facial Fat Grafting Recovery

In terms of your results, they will be apparent immediately and will continue to improve as your swelling subsides. Most patients experience some swelling and possible bruising in the treatment area immediately after your facial fat grafting procedure.  These effects may last 1 to 2 weeks after which patients can go back to work or resume their social activities. Often makeup can be used after a week to cover any bruising making the return to normal a little faster. While the recovery time for facial fat grafting is longer than for dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Voluma, the results can last for many years. Fat grafting in the facial region does not stop the aging process but rather halts the effects of volume loss and the resulting sagging, tired appearance.

Highly Trained Orange County Facial Fat Transfer Surgeon

Dr. Boeckmann is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon highly sought after for facial contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures in Orange County. His detailed understanding of facial anatomy allows for facial restoration and rejuvenation in the most natural way. To learn more about the facial fat grafting procedure in Orange County, call our office at 949-273-3112 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boeckmann.

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery