Introduction to Facial Fat Transfer
At our boutique practice in Miami, facial fat grafting has become an incredibly popular procedure. Double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, Gregory D. Lewen, M.D., offers facial fat transfer for men and women in Miami, Aventura, and the surrounding areas of Florida. Dr. Lewen is one of a select few plastic surgeons who specializes in plastic surgery of the eyes.
Dr. Lewen places patient safety as one of his number one priorities and will with you to ensure he can offer some of the best facial fat transfer results in Miami. If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation, please contact us today. We look forward to joining you on your journey of becoming the best version of yourself.
What is Facial Fat Transfer?
Aesthetic procedures involving the eyelids, brows, midface, and other surrounding facial areas are constantly evolving. As we have seen the popularity of facial fillers increase exponentially over the last two decades, it has become even more evident how important having significant volume in certain areas of the face is for maintaining a youthful appearance. In general, volume loss in the face tends to be more pronounced in the areas around the eyes, cheeks, temples, mouth, and jawline. For this reason, volume replacement is an integral part of balanced and complete facial rejuvenation. Dr. Lewen frequently performs various procedures to achieve facial volume replacement for his patients, which include: fat grafting, facial filler injections, or, in some cases, facial implants.
Facial fat transfer is a procedure that involves the removal of a small volume of a patient’s own fat from the abdomen, flank, or thighs. The fat is then transferred or grafted into various areas of the face where facial volume loss has occurred. Only relatively small volumes of fat are used for this procedure, and so it is not the same as having a liposuction procedure performed for the purposes of body sculpting.
What Are the Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer?
To understand the true role of facial fat transfer and volume replacement procedures, it is important to consider the shape of a face as it matures. A child’s face, no matter how thin, tends to have more of a round shape that is attributable to normal fullness from “baby fat.” This baby fat tends to shrink over time, and at different rates depending on individual genetic and environmental factors. By the late 20’s/early ’30s, much of the baby fat in a woman’s face will be gone, and the face will appear more heart-shaped, with fullness still maintained around the eyes and a more tapered jawline. With continued aging, loss of volume around the eyes, in the midface, around the mouth, and along with the jawline areas, causes these areas of the face to appear deflated and sag. This also contributes to the appearance of added weight in the lower face, neck, and jowl areas. These age-related facial changes create a longer shape to the face; eventually, the youthful heart or triangular shape tends to appear inverted, with fullness in the lower part of the face and a lack of volume in the upper areas. Although many people want fat grafting or other volume replacement procedures such as facial fillers to erase lines, folds, and wrinkles on the face, the more important role for these procedures is to restore the youthful balance, contour, and shape to the face. This is extremely important for achieving the most natural and effective facial rejuvenation.
Fat grafting and other volume restoration procedures also can significantly improve upon shadowing effects that can be more evident in certain facial areas with aging and can make a face appear brighter. This can also make the overlying skin of the face appear more radiant and youthful.
Facial fat transfer is minimally invasive and does not require any large incisions to achieve excellent results.