About fat transfer from Dr. Halaas

As we age or lose weight, the face loses elasticity. This causes an increase in looseness, which results in areas of droopiness, sagging, wrinkles, or a hollow appearance. 

Fat transfer (also called facial fat grafting) is a procedure in which fat is taken from the abdomen, hips, or thighs to add volume to the face to achieve a more youthful, tightened, and rejuvenated appearance. It works very well for the lower eyelids, cheeks, jawline, and in the folds of the nose.

Key benefits of facial fat transfer

  • Natural-looking, natural-feeling results
  • Minimally invasive
  • Removes unwanted fat from another area
  • Achieves improved skin texture and tone
  • Provides wrinkle reduction 
  • No scarring
  • Significant volume restoration
  • Nothing foreign introduced to the body
  • No risk of allergic reaction 
  • Long-lasting results

Before & After

Procedure details

A very small cannula (a thin tube) is inserted by means of tiny skin punctures into the area where fat is being taken. A small amount of this fatty tissue is removed, purified, and placed into a syringe. It is then injected into the face, where it will restore volume and firm up the facial areas. In addition, stem cells are mixed in with the fat. This is believed to increase longevity of the fat, improve skin appearance, and help to slow the aging process. The liposuction incisions will be closed. Depending on the area(s) being treated, the fat transfer procedure usually takes about one hour.

FAQs

My chin is very pointy and flat. Can fat transfer enhance my chin?

Yes. Fat transfers work very well to rejuvenate and enhance the chin. Recovery time only lasts about two weeks, and results last 3-5 years.

I have very thin lips, and I’m interested in a fat transfer. How long will the results last, and will I need multiple sessions?

A fat transfer can last between 3-5 years. There’s a chance your lips will remain permanently plumped after the fat transfer, but as you age and your body changes, your lips may change as well. Because of this, it’s more common for patients to need a second fat transfer with time.

Recovery

It takes about 1-2 weeks to fully recover from a facial fat transfer, but patients often return to work within 3-5 days following treatment. You may experience mild swelling and bruising up to five days, and there may also be an area of the fat transfer that is not as smooth as the surrounding area. This can be corrected by softly massaging the area in small circles to blend the fat into the tissue. You can begin mild exercise after about a week, but you should refrain from strenuous activity for about two weeks.

Results 

It’s very important for patients considering facial fat transfer to understand that results are gradual, not immediate. Early results will be visible a few days following the procedure, but final results may take up to six months. There’s also a slight chance that there will be some fat absorption (meaning the fat will not survive its new environment), but the amount is difficult to predict because every patient is different. Most patients tend to have the procedure done until they get the results they desire. During your consultation, Dr. Halaas can let you know more how the fat may or may not survive. Once achieved, the results of a fat transfer last 3-5 years.

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Candidates for facial fat transfer

  • Must be in overall good health
  • Must have sufficient fat to use 
  • Must be a non-smoker
  • Must have realistic expectations for the procedure

What to expect in your consultation

Dr. Halaas will provide computerized images of the changes you would like to achieve. This will enable you to see the outcome beforehand to ensure you’re happy with how you’ll look. Dr. Halaas will then determine the area of your body where fat will be removed. The entire procedure and recovery will be explained in detail, and all your concerns and questions will be addressed.

Safety and efficiency

  • Dr. Halaas uses extensive pre-op preparation to minimize recovery and improve results for all procedures
  • Dr. Halaas uses the most advanced IntraOp® tools
  • Dr. Halaas became an AAAASF OR inspector to be aware of all the standards
  • Dr. Halaas uses the latest (but proven) safety techniques
  • Dr. Halaas adheres to the entire concept of Science & Beauty, from start to finish

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