Fat Grafting

Modern facial cosmetic procedures are frequently directed at restoring the volume of the face. In the past few years, we have come to understand that facial aging is partially caused by loss of fullness in the face in characteristic ways. In order to diminish the effects of this process, fillers are commonly utilized.

One of the best natural fillers happens to be fat, due to the fact that it is a living part of one’s own body and can remain in place permanently. We tend to think of fat as something we would like to lose, but in this application, it is definitely a beneficial material. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Jeffrey Copeland, MD, is experienced with advanced fat grafting treatments (also known as “fat transfer” or “fat injection” procedures). Dr. Copeland can meet with you to determine whether this innovative technique is the best option for your needs and goals.

What Is Fat Grafting to the Face?

Fat grafting (grafting or transferring one’s own fat cells) is a cosmetic treatment designed to remove excess fat cells from one area of the body via a small liposuction procedure and inject them into another site. Typically, patients consider this procedure to reduce signs of aging and volume loss in certain facial features. By relocating the fat cells, volume can be restored, creases can be smoothed, and the facial appearance can be rejuvenated. Facial fat grafting may be a good alternative to other surgical procedures or injectable treatments for some patients. In addition to facial treatments, fat transfer techniques can be utilized in breast augmentation procedures for many individuals.

What Benefits Can Fat Grafting Provide?

Facial fat grafting can often benefit patients looking to achieve a more youthful and refreshed look, as well as those looking to enhance contours of specific facial features. Cosmetic concerns the procedure can address include:

The procedure often provides natural-looking results that can last for many years. Fat grafting can also be combined with other enhancements, including eyelid surgery and brow lift, for a more complete facial rejuvenation. Additionally, fat grafting can, in certain circumstances, offer patients the dual benefit of soft tissue rejuvenation and body contouring.

How Is the Fat Grafting Procedure Performed?

The procedure of autologous fat grafting for the face is straightforward and involves a minor liposuction component to harvest the excess fat, purify the fat, and inject it precisely where volume restoration is needed. There is some initial loss of volume as some of the fat cells do not “take,” but the cells that do survive can provide a long-term filling effect. When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Copeland, patients are more likely to see satisfactory and long-lasting results. Other uses of fat grafting can be more involved.

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How Much Does Fat Grafting to the Face Cost?

The cost of facial fat transfer can vary from patient to patient. Factors that can contribute to the total price include the extent of treatment necessary for optimal results, the specific areas being addressed, and the amount of fat being redistributed. Once your personalized treatment plan has been developed, you will be provided with a customized cost and a member of our team can go over it with you.

Our practice accepts a range of convenient forms of payment, including financing options available for qualified applicants who choose to pay for their procedure over time. We partner with CareCredit®, a third-party lending company that can help many individuals bring the cost of treatment into their budgets.

Please contact Copeland Cosmetic Surgery for more information about autologous fat grafting.