Facial Fat Transfer


Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA

Aging is inevitable. It may appear in different ways for everyone, but almost all of us can expect to find gray hair, wrinkles, and other changes in our bodies along the way.

Our skin is often one of the first places to suffer from the side effects of aging. Combined with exposure to the sun, harsh weather, and toxins like pollution or cigarette smoke, our skin can suffer and start to show side effects that may not be flattering.

One of the lessons learned from the recent popularity of facial fillers has been the realization that all of us lose a significant amount of facial fat, and this fat loss is one big reason that the facial skin becomes lax and begins to sag. Medical facials, chemical peels, and even lasers can help target the skin to reduce environmental damage and even produce some degree of tightening, but they are not long-lasting and they don’t help prevent sagging from facial fat loss.

Facial Fat Transfer Newport Beach

Why Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center?

When you visit our relaxing Newport Beach office, you will receive the best of care. Dr. Hendricks is a dedicated surgeon who is triple board-certified in general, hand and plastic surgery. Dr. Hendricks is regarded among the most experienced and skilled Newport Beach facial fat transfer providers.

Since opening Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in beautiful Newport Beach 20 years ago, he has transformed his patients' lives providing gorgeous, lasting results. Dr. Hendricks and his staff work diligently to provide a customized plan with the perfect solution to your specific needs. We will help restore your beauty by recapturing and rejuvenating your true aesthetic.

Am I an Eligible Candidate for Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial fat transfer is a popular choice among patients who want a more permanent solution than the temporary results from dermal fillers. Because a facial fat transfer uses a person’s own fat, it eliminates the risk of allergy or adverse reactions during the injection and recovery process. Eligible candidates for a facial fat transfer include men or women who struggle with or show signs of aging such as:

  • Noticeable hollowing of the lower eyelid area
  • Flat cheeks appearing “deflated”
  • Drooping, sagging or sinking skin
  • Nasolabial folds (which appear around the cheeks)
  • Marionette lines (which appear between the nose and mouth) 
  • Lipstick or smoker lines (which appear around the mouth)
  • Crow’s feet (which appear around the eyes)
  • The number “11” (which appear between the brows)
  • Forehead furrows
  • Wrinkles on the nose
  • Rounding of the face or jaw
  • Thinning lips
  • Appearing angry or sad without having those feelings

What Type of Fat is Used?

During a fat transfer, fat is harvested from other areas of the body. It’s very popular for patients to opt for this fat to be taken from places like the abdomen, flanks, or thighs.

For facial fat grafting, very small amounts of fat are actually used, so the removal procedure is similar to liposuction but on a much smaller scale. Patients likely won’t see a dramatic reduction in fat from the donor area. However, if your goal is to both reduce unwanted fat in certain areas and simultaneously replenish lost volume in the face, you can talk to Dr. Hendricks about combining the treatments.

How Does a Facial Fat Transfer Work?

Facial fat transfer is a non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedure. Also known as fat grafting, the procedure works by combining liposuction techniques with injectables.

A fat transfer harvests donor fat from a desired area on the body, typically somewhere that has stubborn fat you already want to get rid of, or an area that is hidden or not readily visible. Once the donor fat is removed, it is purified and harvested for reapplication in the target area. Replacing the fat that has been lost with your own fat instantly turns the clock back years if not decades. Facial Fat grafting is now being called one of the greatest advances in plastic surgery since the discovery of liposuction.

Consultation for Facial Fat Transfer in Newport Beach

To find out more about the procedure, contact Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center today to arrange a free consultation with Dr. Douglas Hendricks, a triple-board certified plastic surgeon and one of the top physicians for facial fat transfer in Newport Beach, CA.

When Can I See the Results of a Facial Fat Transfer?

The results of a fat transfer may vary for each patient. While this can help deliver the most natural results, it is important to remember that 30 to 40% of the fat your surgeon injects will be reabsorbed by the body. To help offset this, Dr. Hendricks may recommend using more fat during the injection process to help ensure you achieve your desired results. You will likely experience some swelling for a week to 10 days after the treatment, but you will see an improvement in the volume and youthfulness of your face almost instantly.

Can I Combine This Treatment With Other Services?

Speaking of combining treatments, while fat transfers do well as standalone procedures, patients often opt to get them alongside other services to achieve the best results. Liposuction, as mentioned, is a popular option, but it may also be combined with certain types of facial plastic surgery or body contouring. This can be customized based on each patient’s unique desires. This is why we require any patient interested in receiving a facial fat transfer from our facility in Newport Beach, to have a consultation prior to the surgery.

Schedule a free, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hendricks in his beautiful practice in Newport Beach.

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