While manufactured fillers remain the most common choice for facial fillers, autologous fat grafting is a time tested and reliable filler.  Fat has the additional advantage of being a permanent alternative with a natural look and feel.  Fat contains stem cells which stimulate collagen thereby rejuvenating the face in addition to adding volume.

The method of fat transfer is extremely important to the overall results.  Fat is harvested from a donor site such as the lower abdomen, flank, or thighs.  This fat  is purified and centrifuged so that only viable fat cell are used in the transfer.  
For the fat transfer, a microcannula is used which protects the fat from lysis and ensures viability.  The microcannula also prevent intravascular injection and dramatically reduces bruising and swelling.
Common areas for fat grafting are the temples, lower eyelid/cheeks, midface, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, chin, and jaw/mandibular border.  Fat also has the advantage of being abundantly available therefore full correction can always be achieved.  Fat transfer to the face is sometime called a liquid facelift.

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Procedures: Fat Transfer to Face/Liquid Facelift: Temples, Lower Eyelid/Cheeks, Nasolabial Folds, Marionette Lines, Chin, and Jaw

 *All Patients Are Unique and Results May Vary



Length:  1 hour

Anesthesia: General or Local

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks: Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, fat graft hardening or loss, incomplete improvement

Recovery: Back to work: 2 days to 1 week. More strenuous activity: 2 weeks

Final Appearance: 2 weeks for swelling to completely resolve

Duration of Results: Variable depending on graft take

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