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Fat Transfer

Fat Grafting in Los Angeles

Fat Transfer (or fat grafting/injection) is a minimally invasive procedure that takes your body’s own natural fat from areas of excess (be it your abdomen, thighs, back, buttocks, etc.) to treat unwanted wrinkles and restore youthful volume and shape. Areas commonly treated with fat transfer include the upper and lower eyelids, cheeks, nasolabial folds and forehead. There is minimal swelling and rarely any significant bruising following a fat transfer procedure. You should be able to return to your daily routine within a short period of time after your treatment with one of our Los Angeles plastic surgeons.

How Does a Fat Transfer Work?

Donor fat is withdrawn from your body in one of two ways:

  • With a syringe that has a large-bore needle
  • With a liposuction cannula

We then prepare the fat cells for safe injection into the treatment site. This preparation process will clear the donor fat of blood, pain killers and other unwanted ingredients that could cause infections or other undesirable side effects.

Facial Fat Transfer

Over time, your face begins to lose volume, resulting in an aged or gaunt appearance. We can use the fat transfer procedure to help refresh and renew your facial appearance without surgery.

A liposuction technique is used to harvest the fat cells from excess areas on your body and prepare it for transfer. The fat is then injected into the desired portion of the face to help restore volume and smooth away facial lines or wrinkles. When using a micro injection technique, extremely small parcels of fat are placed into multiple layers of the face.

Our patients often seek out facial fat transfer for:

  • Filling in sunken areas beneath the eyes
  • Fleshing out nasolabial folds or laugh lines (the deep wrinkles next to the mouth)
  • Filling in forehead creases
  • Enhancing the cheeks (non-surgical cheek augmentation)

Generally, 40-60 percent of the transferred fat remains for permanent results. Alternative treatments such as dermal fillers only provide for temporary facial rejuvenation.

Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer

Many women are uncomfortable with the appearance of thin lips. While some plastic surgeons use silicone implants for enhancing lip size, we offer non-surgical lip augmentations using fat transfer.

We begin by making tiny, punch-like incisions at one corner of the mouth. Dr. Lee, Shifren or Ho will then take one to two millimeter-thick strips of fat from the donor site and gently work them into the upper and lower lips for a plumping effect. This method of lip augmentation is reported to be safer, softer, and more natural than lip augmentation treatments that popular injectable facial fillers like Juvéderm, or implant materials like Permalip, medical Gore-Tex or, e-PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene).

Fat Transfer for Hand Rejuvenation

A wrinkled, bony-looking hand with large veins, sun spots and deep grooves can be giving away your age, even when you’ve treated other areas like your face to maintain a youthful look. By transferring fat cells to your hands, we can fill out depressions and restore volume so that your hands end up looking years younger than before.

Los Angeles Fat Transfer Procedures

Fat grafting is a great solution for men and women looking for a long-lasting answer to the signs of aging. Give us a call to schedule your fat transfer consultation at Wave Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles.

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