Facial Fat Injections in San Francisco
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a technique used to increase the fullness of a certain feature using the patient’s own tissue. Fat injections are commonly used to rejuvenate areas of the face that look prematurely aged or sallow. For example, facial fat injections can plump up hollow cheeks, hollows under the eyes, scars or depressions.
If you are interested in turning back the clock and restoring a plump, supple look to your skin, consider facial fat injections with San Francisco plastic surgeon Kenneth Bermudez. He is extremely well-versed in the applications of fat transfer and consistently delivers beautiful, natural-looking results.
More about Facial Fat Injections
Fat injections add volume and fullness to give you a younger and more radiant appearance. Specifically, they can be used to:
- Plump up hollow or sunken-in cheeks
- Fill in hollows under your eyes
- Augment thin lips
- Fill in scars or facial indentations
- Fill in laugh lines and nasolabial folds (the folds between the sides of your nose and mouth)
- Add volume to “deflated” looking features
Fat transfer to the face takes place in stages. During the first stage, Dr. Bermudez harvests fatty tissue from another area of your body, such as the hips, thighs or abdomen. Then, the fat is passed through a centrifuge to prepare it for re-injection. Finally, Dr. Bermudez injects small droplets of the fat into the areas of your face that need volume and fullness.
After facial fat transfer, you may have some slight bruising and discomfort in the donor and transplant area. You are strongly advised to rest and keep your head elevated for about 24 hours after the procedure. You will probably be able to resume work and your normal activities after about a week, at which point the swelling and bruising will have largely subsided.
The risks of fat transfer are fairly minimal and include uneven skin texture, abscess, infection and poor scarring. Also, there is the risk of over- or under-filling the transplant area, but an experienced provider like Dr. Bermudez can usually avoid that.
Facial fat transfer has many benefits. One of the most exciting advances discovered in recent years is that the transplanted fat is rich in stem cells. When transferred to your face, the stem cells trigger an improvement in your skin’s texture and tone.
Many patients also love the peace of mind that comes with fat transfer. Since the fat is your own tissue, there is no concern about a severe allergic reaction or other complications that, though rare, can occur when injecting a synthetic material like Juvederm or Restylane into the face.
And, fat transfer is a minimally invasive technique that does not require large incisions. There is very little chance it will leave noticeable scarring.
Finally, fat tends to last longer than fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. Once the fat develops a blood supply, it can remain in your body for a long time (perhaps even permanently).
Learn More about Facial Fat Injections
If you would like more information about turning back the clock with facial fat injections, Dr. Bermudez invites you to book an informational consultation. Please call or email our office today to make an appointment.