Facial Fat Grafting in Tampa, FL

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About Facial Fat Grafting

Nowadays, there are several treatments that rejuvenate the contours and fullness of your face; however, fat grafting to the face is increasing in popularity due to its natural-looking outcomes and long-lasting benefits for the skin. Lost volume, often caused by aging, is usually more prominent in the areas around the eyes, jawlines, and cheeks. Fat grafting to the face can be used to decrease some of the more typical signs of aging, and it rebuilds fullness by smoothing lines, wrinkles, and folds throughout your face with your own fatty tissue. By removing unwanted fat from areas of your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams can skillfully apply the purified fat to the desired parts of your face for lasting, beautiful results. With fat grafting to the face, you don't just see a rejuvenated facial appearance, you get to improve your body. To find out more about facial fat grafting, contact Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery of Tampa in Tampa, FL to make an appointment with Dr. Williams.

Ideal Candidates for Facial Fat Grafting

A fat transfer can help if you want to add volume that looks natural to certain places on your face.  Transferring fat to your face may improve wrinkles, such as laugh lines, Crow's feet, and smile lines. Grafted fat may also reduce the visibility of acne scars and pitted areas and enhance your cheeks and lips for a rejuvenated appearance. With results similar to a dermal filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a facial fat transfer is a great option if you'd like longer-lasting results. In order to be a candidate for a fat transfer, you need to have enough extra fat to fulfill your goals.

Surgical Techniques for Facial Fat Grafting

A fat transfer is a two-step surgery that includes liposuction and injection. Since only a minimal amount of fat is needed, Dr. Williams usually uses twilight or local anesthesia. To start, Dr. Williams will use liposuction to extract fat, which may be taken from your hips, flanks, or abdomen. When the fat is removed, it will be processed and then placed in syringes. Dr. Williams uses various techniques and injection angles to provide high immersion rates into your skin, as well as to create evenness. According to your plan, fat will be grafted to your lips, cheeks, and/or below your eyes to create volume, as well as to improve fine lines, wrinkles, and facial scars.

What to Expect from Facial Fat Grafting

Following your fat graft, your liposuction incisions will be sutured before you're sent into recovery. Dr. Williams or someone on his staff will apply wound coverings and watch you till you are able to be taken home by a friend or family member. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Williams will let you know what will happen after surgery and ways you are able to heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments should be made at our Tampa, FL office so Dr. Williams can assess your healing and results. Your recovery will be different, depending on the amount of fat that is taken and grafted, but you need to plan to spend a few weeks to rest and recover. At first, you might feel uncomfortable with swelling and bruising at the area(s) that received liposuction along with the grafted area(s). You might see a little improvement immediately; however, it is going to take a few weeks until you'll be able to see your final outcomes. A little bit of fat might be reabsorbed, but with good maintenance, your improvements can last for several years.

Frequently Asked Questions for Facial Fat Grafting

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Costs for facial fat grafting will include fat removal and will vary, depending on the amount of volume being transferred. Following a complete examination, Dr. Williams will decide how much fat is required to achieve your goals and develop a personal plan. After this, he can start to calculate costs, like anesthesia and facility fees. So your procedure is easier to afford, Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery of Tampa takes several payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Either a facial fat transfer or an injectable wrinkle filler (for example, Restylane and Juvéderm) may correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring volume. Although wrinkle fillers may create beautiful results, a facial fat transfer typically lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you want and in which areas, Dr. Williams might recommend using wrinkle fillers. As soon as you've decided what you like, Dr. Williams will schedule a fat transfer for long-lasting results.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
A facial fat transfer may be performed with another procedure, like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer is also a good way to enhance another cosmetic surgery. A fat graft will increase volume to improve the balance of your face during a facelift or cheek augmentation. Talk to Dr. Williams in your consultation about your needs and wants so he can develop a plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that reach all your aesthetic goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
How long it takes to complete your fat transfer will depend on the amount of fat being taken, plus the volume required to reach your goals. When your plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss what you can expect, for example, how long it will take and aftercare instructions. Dr. Williams will take his time to carefully inject even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are natural.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Fat grafting may be used in several areas to increase volume or decrease lines. A fat transfer is ideal to augment the mid-face so that the area looks lifted and fuller without surgery. Additionally, fat may be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You can also get a fat graft to improve the sunken or hollow under eye areas. A fat transfer to your face may also correct scars and wrinkles (for example, marionette lines or brow furrows). Dr. Williams will develop your personal treatment plan to focus on your needs and cosmetic goals.

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$1,000 - $2,000
Recovery Time  
1 – 2 Weeks
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1 – 2 Hours
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Fat transfer is an incredible way to add volume, even out lines, and enhance your gorgeous face. When you dream about a more youthful, radiant look with a short recovery, we invite you to find out more about a facial fat transfer at Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery of Tampa, and find out how it can help you meet your aesthetic goals. It's an exciting choice for individuals who want a natural improvement and long-lasting results. Contact our Tampa, FL practice right away to set up your appointment with skilled plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams for this state-of-the-art procedure.

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