Facial Fat Transfer: Palo Alto

We lose fat volume in the face with significant weight loss and as a natural part of the aging process. This can result in a hollow, sunken appearance that can make the face look tired and older. At Vistnes Plastic Surgery of Palo Alto, Dr. Vistnes performs facial fat transfer in the Bay area to restore youthful facial volume.

What is Facial Fat Transfer?

Also known as fat grafting, facial fat transfer is a cosmetic procedure that takes fat from stubborn deposits in the body and uses it to plump the cheeks, lips, and jawline and restore youthful fullness to areas where fat volume has diminished. This procedure is designed to correct any volume-related issues that can make a person appear older.

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Reasons to have Facial Fat Transfer

Fat transfer to the face is recommended for patients who want to restore youthfulness by replacing facial volume lost to weight loss and aging. This procedure uses your own natural fat to add lift to the cheeks and jawline and fill in hollow areas with beautiful, long-lasting results.

Facial fat grafting is an increasingly popular, minimally-invasive procedure with a quick recovery time. Patients have this treatment to:

  • Restore youthful plumpness to the cheeks, the jawline, and around the eyes and mouth
  • Help reduce sagging jowls
  • Minimize the appearance of deep facial lines and folds
  • Reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds (from the nose to the mouth corners) and marionette lines (running from the mouth corners along the sides of the chin)

How is Facial Fat Transfer performed?

This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Facial fat grafting is a three-step process:

  • Fat harvesting: The selected donor site for fat harvesting (such as the belly, flanks, hips, thighs, or buttocks) is injected with local anesthetic. The surgeon makes a small, strategically placed incision and inserts a cannula (thin metal tube), through which fat is carefully extracted.
  • Fat purification: The fat is spun in a centrifuge to remove impurities and prepared for injection into the targeted facial areas.
  • Fat transfer to the face: Purified fat is then transferred to the treatment areas using a syringe or special cannula. Dr. Vistnes performs this process with artistry and skill to achieve lovely, natural-looking results.

Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer

As reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally-invasive cosmetic fat injections increased by 13% in a recent year. Natural facial fat transfer has a number of benefits that could account for its rising popularity:

  • No rejection or adverse reactions: Using your own natural fat avoids the possibility of allergic reaction to synthetic materials, such as dermal fillers.
  • Flexible treatment: Fat transfer can be used in nearly every area of the face to treat a wide range of cosmetic issues.
  • Fast, easy recovery: This minimally-invasive procedure has minimal side effects which usually subside within a few days.
  • Natural, long-lasting results: Transferred fat cells are able to integrate into existing soft tissue of the face for long-lasting, natural-looking results that are visible immediately after the procedure.


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