Fat Transfer

As we age most of us lose soft tissue volume from our face. This causes certain areas of the face to “deflate” resulting in a sunken appearance with troughs around the eyes, flattened cheeks, deeper folds and sagging of the skin. In this procedure fat cells are harvested from the thigh or abdomen and placed in deep planes of the face to fill out the cheeks, smooth laugh lines, decrease the hollow areas beneath the eyes, add more fullness to the brows and even add volume to the lips. Since the fat is obtained from the patient’s own body there is no chance of allergic reaction or rejection. There are some studies which suggest that in addition to improving contour, the skin itself gains a healthier glow from stem cells within the transplanted fat cells. The procedure is done as an outpatient with light sedation and recovery time varies depending on how many areas are being treated.