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Fat transfer to the Face

In Austin & Dallas

Fat transfer to the face

An organic solution to facial volume depletion

Over recent years, dermal fillers have boomed in popularity to solve aging-related skin conditions in the face, such as volume depletion, skin laxity, and fine lines and wrinkles. While these artificial fillers effectively treat these conditions, they require substantial maintenance and carry risks such as allergic reactions to ingredients.

Facial fat grafting gives patients the ability to permanently restore volume in their face with no risk of allergic or adverse reactions to ingredients. Dr. Sarah Saxon at Saxon MD is a premier provider of fat grafting for facial rejuvenation in Austin and Dallas, TX.

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Who is a candidate for fat transfer?

The face loses volume with age and can be replaced with a multitude of materials to create a more youthful appearance. A growing trend in both facial and body cosmetic surgery is in using your own fat to replace what was lost.

Many like this option simply because they do not like foreign materials in their body. Other advantages include that it is permanent and there has been some evidence to support the presence of stem cells within the harvested fat to improve the appearance of the skin. An optimal result using the fat transfer technique usually involves repeating the procedure to an average of 3 times since some of the cells do not survive with each treatment. The good thing is that once this is done it is absolutely permanent.

The fat cells are harvested using a small liposuction cannula and taken from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. For facial injection only a small amount is harvested, about 3 tablespoons, so no change in contour of the donor areas is seen. Ideal facial fat grafting candidates are men and women who have experienced a loss of volume in the face and would like to resolve this issue without synthetic fillers or major surgery.

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Facial Fat Grafting Procedure

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What can I expect during my facial fat grafting procedure?

Facial fat grafting involves the administration of local anesthesia to both the donor and recipient areas.

Once the treatment sites are numb, Dr. Saxon will make a small incision in the donor area and insert a blunt cannula that she will use to suction the fat. After purifying the extracted fat, Dr. Saxon will gradually inject it into the target area one small drop at a time. Dr. Saxon also includes exosome injections during the fat grafting procedure to improve blood supply to the fat cells and minimize resorption.

The entire process takes approximately 45 minutes. However, the length of your procedure may vary depending on the volume of fat involved and the location of the recipient area or areas.

What areas of the face can facial fat grafting treat?

Autologous fat grafting can restore or enhance volume in any area of the face in which dermal fillers may be used, including:

  • the cheeks
  • the area around the eyes
  • marionette lines
  • nasolabial folds
  • tear troughs
  • temples
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What are the benefits of fat transfer facial rejuvenation in Austin and Dallas, TX?

Facial fat grafting in Austin and Dallas, TX, is a safe and effective alternative to dermal filler injections.

This minimally invasive treatment effectively restores volume in areas of the face presenting signs of aging such as hollowness. Facial fat grafting can reverse these signs of aging by returning volume to areas in which it's been depleted. Facial fat grafting can also improve the appearance of scars and the skin’s overall texture.

One of the most attractive benefits of facial fat transfer for many patients is that this procedure utilizes fat from your own body rather than a chemical solution or synthetic materials, eliminating the risk of allergic or adverse reactions to foreign materials. Austin and Dallas facial fat grafting patients also love that this procedure produces long-term results.

In contrast to dermal filler injections that typically dissolve within six months to two years, autologous fat transferred from another area of the body can restore volume indefinitely. While facial fat grafting does reduce fat in the donor area, this reduction is minimal and not likely to be noticeable.

Versus other fat grafting procedures that require removing larger volumes of fat, facial fat grafting only involves removing approximately three tablespoons of fat from the donor area. Austin facial fat grafting at Saxon MD produces immediate and natural-looking results, with minimal recovery and no sutures.

What is recovery like after fat transfer?

The small incisions are closed with dissolving sutures and a special glue. There is very little down time after this procedure. Mild swelling and bruising may be seen, but this is minimal since blunt cannulas are used instead of sharp instruments. After a week, the glue can be rubbed off by using any ointment like Vaseline, and routine skin care may resume. No pain medication beyond Tylenol or ibuprofen is needed since this procedure is very well-tolerated.

Can I combine my facial fat grafting with other procedures?

While fat grafting can accompany surgical procedures such as a facelift, highly regenerative injectable treatments that stimulate collagen production can enhance your facial fat grafting results and their longevity.

Austin exosome therapy is a highly regenerative injectable treatment that produces a 600% increase in collagen production and a 300% increase in elastin in treated areas. Other minimally invasive regenerative treatments such as traditional microneedling, Morpheus8 fractional laser resurfacing, and the injection of neuromodulators like Botox may also be ideal complementary Saxon MD treatments to facial fat grafting in Dallas and Austin.

These non-surgical treatments stimulate your body’s natural collagen production to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and elasticity. When combined with facial fat grafting, you can achieve a fuller, smoother, brighter, tighter, and overall more youthful appearance.

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What are the risks and side effects of facial fat grafting?

Because facial fat grafting in Dallas and Austin at Saxon MD only uses fat from your own body, there is no risk of adverse or allergic reaction. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is some level of risk and side effect occurrence.

The most common side effects of facial fat grafting are temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness in treated areas. Infection and bleeding are possible, though these complications rarely occur. Risks of facial fat grafting include minor asymmetry and the unintentional injection of fat into a blood vessel. Sometimes, asymmetry can occur from uneven resorption of fat. A second treatment to fine-tune results or add additional volume may be needed if this occurs.

While asymmetry is an entirely cosmetic concern, an intravascular injection can cause severe conditions such as stroke, blindness, embolism, and skin necrosis. You can minimize the risks of your facial fat grafting procedure by receiving your treatment from a highly skilled, experienced, and board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Sarah Saxon at Saxon MD.

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Schedule your facial fat grafting consultation with facial surgical specialist Dr. Sarah Saxon

Your face is your primary identifier to the world around you.

While facial fat grafting carries minimal risks, Dr. Sarah Saxon possesses the expertise to safely provide you with stunning, supple, natural-looking results while highlighting the features that make you look like you. Sarah Saxon is a leading specialist in facial contouring procedures, with patients who travel to Saxon MD in Austin and Dallas, TX, from throughout the United States.

Make your tomorrow beautiful. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saxon about facial plastic surgery in Texas. Dr. Saxon will answer all your questions in a caring manner and help you create a plan to bring your ideal looks to life!