Facial Graft/Transfer (Fat Transfer)

As the face matures over time, there is an inevitable loss and volume depletion of the natural facial fat which contributes to the appearance of an aging face. To restore lost facial volume and contour, fat transfer can be an excellent method to replenish youthful contours, with the added benefit of improvement in skin texture and tone. Fat transfer is truly 100% natural and has been performed for decades in the correction of facial defects. Essentially, fat transfer is the process taking fat from one area of your body where it is plentiful (for example, the abdomen or thigh) and transferring it to an area of volume loss in the face. Transferring a patient's own fat is an ideal volume source as there are no allergic reactions, it is readily available, it is relatively inexpensive, and can be used to treat a variety of conditions including facial fullness loss, as well as post-surgical defects and post-traumatic defects.

Many areas of the face and body can be treated with fat transfer, but the most common sites Dr. Westine treats include: correction of "hollow" eyes and visible tear troughs, temple areas and temporal fat pads, cheeks, chin, jaw line, lips, and other locations. Fat transfer is beneficial alone or in combination with other procedures to enhance the results of those cosmetic surgeries, such as facelifts. For patients seeking a natural alternative for plumping facial wrinkles, fat transfer may be an excellent option. Compared to injectable facial fillers, fat transfers are a more involved procedure because the fat must be harvested from another part of the body. However, unlike injectable fillers, fat transfers can be used in larger volumes and have much longer-lasting results, filling out the face with much more youthful contours.

Fat Transfer is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You do not smoke

The success and safety of your fat transfer procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation with Dr. Westine. He will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries

Dr. Westine may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of the fat transfer procedure and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1-2 hours duration
  • Post-Op return office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Minimal discomfort
  • Mild to moderate bruising and swelling
  • Return to work within a few days to a week

For examples of the before-and-after results of fat transfer procedures performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.


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