Facial Fat Grafting
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What Is Facial Fat Grafting?
Fat injections are a type of dermal filler that can be used to replace facial volume and create symmetrical, youthful facial contours. Facial fat grafting involves taking fat from one area of your body to create fat injections that Dr. Emer can use to refine your facial features.
Facial fat transfer surgery is more invasive than other dermal filler procedures. The process has three main parts:
Extraction – Liposuction is performed to extract fat from a selected site on your body.
Purification – Microfiltration eliminates any contaminants and unnecessary elements in the fat before it is injected.Injections – The purified fat is injected to reshape, lift, and define your facial features.
While it is a more invasive facial sculpting technique, it can be ideal for patients who want to eliminate excess fat in another area of the body and prefer the use of their own tissue as a filler over a synthetic injectable. Facial fat grafting also affords longer lasting results than many other fillers, and it can be a highly effective optimal method of:
- Filling under-eye hollows
- Smoothing creases, furrows, and deep wrinkles
- Creating the appearance of higher cheekbones
- Lip augmentation
- Improving symmetry
- Jawline contouring
Innovator + Scientist + artist
Facial fat grafting, or fat injection, is a proven method of restoring lost volume to improve facial contours. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer is a world-renowned facial sculpting expert who provides facial fat grafting for patients in Beverly Hills. With his customized, combination treatments and artistic eye, Dr. Emer consistently exceeds his patients’ expectations.
Am I a Candidate for Facial Fat Grafting?
Dr. Emer’s recommendations are guided by his vast experience and knowledge of cosmetic enhancement procedures. You will need to meet with him for a consultation so he can evaluate your facial structure and tissues and formulate an optimal treatment approach.
He considers many factors when determining candidacy for facial fat transfer. Safety is always his first concern, so he will want to learn about your medical history in your consultation. As autologous fat grafting involves a minor surgery, candidates must be in good overall health and willing to abstain from smoking as directed by Dr. Emer.
Candidates must also have adequate excess body fat that can be extracted. If a patient does not have extra body fat but wants to benefit from fat injections, Dr. Emer offers Renuva, an effective synthetic fat injection treatment.
Dr.Jason Emer’s Optimized Fat Extraction Process
The first step of the autologous fat grafting procedure is to harvest excess fat from a pre-determined site on the body, most commonly from the thighs, abdomen, arms, or flanks. Dr. Emer uses the water-assisted Body-Jet fat removal system to separate fat cells from the surrounding tissues for removal.
As the Body-Jet system allows for precise control of the tumescent fluid, damage to fat cells and lymphatic tissue can be avoided, unlike with other systems. Post-procedure bruising and swelling in the area is also minimized with Body-Jet.
Once fat cells have been detached, VASER lipo is performed to extract the fat cells and simultaneously contour and sculpt the extraction site. Since VASER lipo uses ultrasound energy and creates heat under the skin, patients benefit from skin tightening and improved definition at the fat removal site.
Dr. Emer considers VASER lipo the optimal liposuction method for this step of the fat extraction procedure as it preserves the integrity of fat cells. In contrast, laser-based lipo methods damage the cells, which then cannot be used for fat grafting. Once extracted, the fat is ultra-purified and enriched.
Dr. Emer’s Fat Injection Method
Dr. Emer injects the purified, enriched fat strategically to contour your face and meet your treatment objectives. Instead of a sharp needle, he uses a blunt-tipped cannula for the injections, which reduces post-procedure discomfort. Fat transfer surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day as your treatment.
Fat Grafting Recovery
Dr. Emer will provide detailed, personalized aftercare instructions to support your recovery. Your recovery time will depend on how much fat was extracted and injected and whether you combined the procedure with other treatments.
In general, fat transfer surgery recovery involves:
Taking a week or two off to rest and heal.
Tenderness, swelling or bruising at the extraction and injection sites.
Keeping your head elevated as much as possible in the first month after your procedure.
Scheduling follow-up appointments, so Dr. Emer can monitor your recovery and advise you when you can resume all normal activities.
Facial Fat Grafting
The Dr. Emer Difference
Dr. Emer has built his esteemed status in cosmetic dermatology by constantly striving to maximize results. With facial fat transfer, he sets his patients’ results above the rest by:
Enriching the purified fat with beneficial components of your own blood, including stem cells, growth factors, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and exosomes. This extra step promotes healthy, expedient recovery and optimal contouring.
Exclusively selecting Body-Jet and VASER lipo in the fat extraction process. These methods ensure the most viable fat is harvested for best results and an easy recovery. Dr. Emer can also store harvested fat that is not grafted for future enhancements.
Combining fat injections with complementary treatments, such as Sculptra or Bellafill.
“Dr Emer has helped me tremendously with a fat transfer in my eyelids. I’ve had about 4-5 treatments in my eyes with dramatic and amazing results. If you need help with dissolving any fat or filler please go see Jason Emer. I was turned away by everyone I went to see for help. The only doctor that was able to support me was Dr Emer. The method Dr Emer chose is an injectable that only he uses and it’s worked amazing, no side effects or problems. Amazing.”
How Much Does Facial Fat Grafting Cost?
The price of facial sculpting with fat injections varies from patient to patient. The amount of fat extracted and how many injections are needed will impact the overall cost. Dr. Emer will provide pricing information for your personalized treatment plan at your consultation.