A youthful-looking face with smooth skin can make someone look more attractive. Unfortunately, with age, a lot of people develop issues like sunken cheeks, deep folds, and depressions that can mar the appearance of the face. A facial fat transfer is a useful procedure for these kinds of issues.

What Is a Facial Fat Transfer?

A facial fat transfer is a long-lasting procedure used to boost the volume of the face and improve its overall appearance. It fills in harsh folds and wrinkles and addresses sunken cheeks and other hollow regions of the face.

Unlike other procedures, a facial fat transfer doesn’t involve the use of synthetic filler materials. Instead, it involves using fat from a person’s body to fill in facial irregularities. Since the person’s own fat is used, the procedure is preferred by many patients as a more natural option.

How Is a Facial Fat Transfer Done?

A facial fat transfer is a procedure where fat is taken from other parts of the body and transferred, or grafted, to regions of the face. Gentle liposuction is first used to remove fat from areas like the thighs, stomach, and hips.

Dr. Spiegel typically makes use of local anesthesia for the procedure to numb the areas that will be used for fat harvesting, but in some cases, general anesthesia may be used instead. He then makes small incisions in the selected areas and removes fat from these regions. The incisions are tiny and usually cause no post-surgical marks.

The fat that is removed undergoes centrifugation to remove unnecessary elements. Once the fat is purified, cannulae are used to inject the purified fat into the targeted areas of the face. Dr. Spiegel takes more fat than will be needed to fill the area, as some quantity may not survive the procedure. He then injects it into hollow areas and wrinkles.

The fat is injected into locations where it is surrounded by healthy tissues so that it gets enough oxygen and nutrients. Care is taken to ensure the face is contoured evenly.

Post-Procedure Care

A facial fat transfer is usually an outpatient procedure and will be completed within an hour. Once the procedure is complete, cold packs are used to reduce swelling in the areas where fat was taken and the areas where it was injected. This swelling subsides within a few days.

Follow-up visits are needed to monitor recovery and the effectiveness of the procedure. Within a week, the effects of the surgery become apparent and improvements in facial features can be seen. A follow-up procedure may be required for some patients after a couple of months to ensure ideal results.

Contact Us for a Consultation

To find out if a facial fat transfer is right for you, contact The Spiegel Center to see how we can help. The Spiegel Center is an established practice and offers quality care and results patients can be proud of. Our highly professional staff will be happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

With special expertise in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, and a particular skill for revision surgery, it’s clear why Dr. Spiegel is one of the most celebrated facial plastic surgeons in the world. If you are seeking the best possible results, or have a uniquely challenging problem, you’ve found the right doctor.

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Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir (pronounced “oh-near”) has years of experience in facial aesthetics and treats some of the most recognizable and famous faces. Dr. Onir started her career in oral health, earning doctorate degrees from both New York University and Boston University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her cutting-edge medical research as well as her technical skills in dentistry.

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Dr. Jacob Tower

Dr. Jacob Tower

A board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Jacob Tower brings a thoughtful approach and an artistic eye to New England’s premier plastic surgery practice, The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to being an in-demand surgeon, Dr. Tower is an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, a sought-after lecturer, and an expert in facial plastic surgery.

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