Facial Fat Transfer in San Diego, CA

What Is Facial Fat Transfer?

As you get older or lose weight, it's common to experience a loss of volume around the cheeks, eyes, and jawline, creating a tired, aged, or "hollow" appearance in the face. Thanks to advancements in plastic surgery, it's now possible to rejuvenate your appearance and fill out your features through a technique known as facial fat transfer (or facial fat grafting). Facial fat transfer is used at Rodriguez Plastic Surgery to minimize some of the most common signs of aging, and it increases volume by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds on your face using your own fat. By taking excess fat from your body, Dr. Jose Rodriguez can skillfully place the purified fat into the desired sections of your face for lasting, beautiful results. As an added benefit, facial fat grafting can also improve the contours of your body by relocating fat. To get more information about facial fat grafting, contact our office in San Diego, CA to book a consultation with Dr. Rodriguez.

How Does A Facial Fat Transfer Work?

Fat transfer is a two-step procedure that includes harvesting the fat and relocating it. Since such a small amount of fat is needed, the process usually involves local or mild anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Rodriguez will perform liposuction to remove fat, which may be taken from your hips, flanks, or abdomen. Once the fat is removed, it can be processed and then placed in syringes. Dr. Rodriguez will use different injection angles and techniques to ensure high immersion rates into your skin and to create evenness. According to your treatment plan, fat may be transferred to your lips, cheeks, and/or beneath your eyes to add volume, as well as to improve lines and facial depressions.

Before your procedure, Dr. Rodriguez will let you know what to expect after surgery and how you will be able to heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments should be made at Rodriguez Plastic Surgery so Dr. Rodriguez can evaluate your healing and progress. Your recovery will be different based on how much fat is removed and grafted, but you need to plan to spend 1 – 2 weeks to rest and heal. Initially, you may feel uncomfortable with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the transfer site(s). You might notice some improvements right away, but it is going to take several weeks before you can see your final outcomes. A small amount of fat might be reabsorbed, but with proper maintenance, your results should last for several years.

What Are the Benefits of A Facial Fat Transfer?

Many aestheticians around the world treat volume loss using synthetic facial fillers. While these products can be effective, facial fat transfer offers a number of unique benefits for our patients in San Diego, CA, including:

  • Less risk of allergic effect
  • Reduces lines and furrows
  • Reliable enhancements
  • Generates results
  • Takes out stubborn fat from trouble spots
  • Enhances the lips, cheeks, and more
  • Minimal downtime
  • Utilizes your body's own fat as an alternative to synthetic fillers
  • Firms and plumps skin
  • Minimizes the visibility of scarring

Am I A Candidate for Facial Fat Transfer?

A fat transfer can help if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific places in your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles like laugh lines, smile lines, and Crow's feet. Fat can also be used to reduce the visibility of acne scars and pitted areas. You may also add volume to your cheeks and lips for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of a dermal filler injection, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a fat transfer is a good option if you'd like longer-lasting results. Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer typically need enough excess fat to fulfill their goals.

I've been seeing Dr. Rodriguez for my Botox treatments, and I couldn't be happier with the results! Dr. Rodriguez is not only highly skilled and professional, but he also takes the time to explain the procedure and answer any questions I have, making me feel comfortable and informed. The results have always been natural and exactly what I was hoping for. My face looks refreshed and rejuvenated, thanks to his expertise. The staff at Dr. Rodriguez's office is equally amazing. They are friendly, attentive, and go out of their way to ensure each visit is a pleasant experience. From scheduling appointments to the actual treatment, everything is handled efficiently and with a smile. I highly recommend Dr. Rodriguez and his wonderful team to anyone considering Botox or any other cosmetic treatments. They truly are the best!

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I recently had a facelift performed by Dr. Rodriguez, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the results! From start to finish, the entire process was incredibly smooth and stress-free. Dr. Rodriguez was highly professional, taking the time to explain every detail and answer all of my questions thoroughly. His expertise and attention to detail were evident in the fantastic outcome of my surgery. The staff at Dr. Rodriguez's office were equally impressive. They were welcoming, friendly, and always made me feel comfortable and at ease. I felt well-cared-for and confident throughout the entire journey. I highly recommend Dr. Rodriguez to anyone considering a facelift or any other cosmetic procedure. His skill and dedication to his patients are truly exceptional. Thank you, Dr. Rodriguez and team, for such a wonderful experience!

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I recently had a consultation with Dr. Rodriguez, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience. From the moment I walked into the clinic, the staff was incredibly welcoming and professional. Dr.Rodriguez took the time to listen to all my concerns and thoroughly explain the procedure I am considering. What stood out the most was Dr. Rodriguez genuine care and attention to detail. They provided clear and comprehensive answers to all my questions, ensuring I felt comfortable and informed every step of the way. The consultation was not rushed, and I truly felt that my well-being and satisfaction were top priorities. I am now looking forward to my upcoming procedure with a sense of excitement and trust, knowing I am in capable and caring hands. I highly recommend Dr. Rodriguez to anyone seeking a skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon. Thank you for making this journey so positive and reassuring!

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Dr. Rodriguez he’s the most talented doctor I ever seen. I had an accident dog attacked me and bit my ear. I went to the emergency at Sharp Grossmont. It was really bad. I was so lucky they got hold of Dr. Rodriguez and he did a superb job to put things together, and I am really grateful for his help and his talent. I can’t thank him enough. God bless him and bless his family.

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Dr. Rodriguez is an all around nice guy and did wonders for me and my face. I was bit by a dog and didn’t know how it would look after and to my surprise he did an amazing job.

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Are facial fat transfer results permanent?

The results of a facial fat transfer can last for years or even decades, but patients should keep in mind that the natural aging process may cause subtle changes to your outcome over time. Additionally, gaining or losing weight can impact the size of the transferred fat cells, which can also compromise your cosmetic results. Maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle is the best way to preserve your fat transfer results for as long as possible.

Where can fat be transferred to in the face?

Facial fat grafting is a highly versatile procedure that allows patients to smooth out wrinkles, fill in lines, and plump up deflated features almost anywhere on the face. Some of the most common treatment areas for a facial fat transfer include the cheeks, lips, and beneath the eyes.

How long will I need to take off work for a facial fat transfer?

Because the amount of fat harvested and transferred during a facial fat transfer is typically minimal, and because the treatment areas are usually small, the procedure does not generally require an extensive recovery period. Most patients are able to return to work and other activities within just a few days. 

Because the amount of fat harvested and transferred during a facial fat transfer is typically minimal, and because the treatment areas are usually small, the procedure does not generally require an extensive recovery period. Most patients are able to return to work and other activities within just a few days. 

Increased Volume Where You Want It

Fat transfer treatments are an extremely effective solution for increasing facial volume, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and enhancing your natural beauty. If you're looking for a minimally invasive treatment that can give you a younger, glowing appearance with a short recovery time, we invite you to learn more about facial fat transfer at Rodriguez Plastic Surgery in San Diego, CA. Contact our office, and set up your consultation with Dr. Rodriguez to discover why patients are so excited about this groundbreaking aesthetic procedure.

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