Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting Surgery For The Face) – Las Vegas, NV

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About Fat Transfer

Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Frank L. Stile understands that loss of facial volume occurs for many reasons including aging, massive weight loss, and low body fat. Loss of facial volume can exaggerate normal aging and give patients a gaunt look. A surgical fat transfer or fat grafting is a procedure designed to restore and enhance volume using a patient’s own tissue (fat). Through a highly specialized process, fat is harvested under sterile conditions, processed, and injected to increase facial volume. This is a complex procedure. Fat must be harvested in such a way as to preserve the integrity of the fat cells. It is important to not disrupt the fat cell membrane so that live fat cells are transferred. During Dr. Stile’s procedure at Stile Aesthetics, up to 80% of transferred fat will survive and provide patients with long-lasting results. Call our Las Vegas, NV, office today to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more. 

Ideal Candidates

Men and women are turning to plastic surgeons to perform fat transfers to plump cheeks, fill lips, and restore the overall youthful appearance of their face. Great candidates for a facial fat transfer:

  • Have areas of the body with enough excess fat for liposuction
  • Have areas of the face that are flat or thin and need volume
  • Aren't allergic to injectable fillers, such as Radiesse or Voluma
  • Need tissue replenished following a facial mole removal surgery
  • Have overall good health

What to Expect

Once the patient is under general anesthesia or local sedation, an instrument called a cannula is inserted into the skin to suction out the fat. Incisions for this procedure are routinely very small, and will be easily hidden under clothing. The removed fat is then sorted and purified before being put into a syringe for the transfer. The plastic surgeon will inject the fat into the skin and massage the area so that the fat settles smoothly into the needed area. This process may have to be performed several times, which is also known as a layered fat grafting, for the best results. The patient will see redness and swelling initially, but fat transfers usually have a downtime (7 – 10 days) and total recovery period (1 – 2 weeks).

Anticipated Results

Patients receiving a fat transfer may need additional grafting surgeries in the future. As the fat settles into the new area of the body, it may become reabsorbed by the body. Fat transfer is generally an easier and more natural way to enhance and add volume to areas of the face than dermal injectables or artificial cheek or chin implants. 

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Weight loss, aging, and genetics are all reasons why an area of the face may need replenished volume. A fat transfer creates a fuller, healthier looking facial profile without allergic reactions since it is the patient’s own fat. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about a facial fat transfer surgery and how it can help you.

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