Fat transfer is one of the latest advances in cosmetic surgery. The transfer of your own fat cells to restore specific facial areas can dramatically enhance your appearance. Dr. George Moynihan of Gold Coast Plastic Surgery specializes in this procedure, which comes with the added benefit of slimming the donor regions for a more sculpted figure. 

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What is facial fat transfer?

Facial fat grafting is a sought-after surgical procedure that helps rejuvenate the face and defy the signs of aging. After the fat cells are extracted via liposuction, they are harvested, purified, and injected into any facial areas that appear depleted and hollow, including the following:

  • Cheeks
  • Under-eye region
  • Mouth area
  • Forehead
  • Lips
  • Areas surrounding the eyes 
  • Temples

This method allows for a targeted rejuvenation of delicate regions without the use of synthetic fillers or more intrusive treatments. Therefore, facial fat grafting has become a popular option to restore diminished facial volume, functioning as a completely natural “filler.”

Why choose Gold Coast Plastic Surgery for your fat transfer?

With over 15 years of experience and a team of highly trained professionals, we deliver a safe, effective procedure that brings natural-looking results. Our aesthetic solutions transform you into a rested, youthful version of yourself. We are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality procedures, and our in-office surgical suite, certified by the AAAASF, adheres to the most stringent safety standards in the industry. Dr. Moynihan is double-board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). He trained at Villanova, Loyola, and the world-class Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Center and currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Moynihan is widely known as being one of the most accomplished facial plastic surgeons in the area, using refined techniques to create a natural-looking outcome that is indistinguishable from the patient’s innate beauty.

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What is the recovery for facial fat transfer?

The procedure involves the removal of excess fat from targeted areas of the body and transferring it to desired areas on the face, giving an overall effect of youthful, plump, resilient fullness. The recovery involves mild to moderate facial swelling as well as swelling at the donor site that could last several weeks. The advantage is that once the fat cells become viable in their new location, they are there for a lifetime.

What activities should be avoided after facial fat transfer?

Compression bandages should be worn as instructed and are typically removed after two weeks. Bruising can also occur at these sites, which in most cases, resolves within two to three weeks. After three to seven days, most people can return to non-vigorous work or other activities. You will need to delay your usual workouts until Dr. Moynihan gives you the green light.

What are the benefits of facial fat transfer?

Facial fat grafting is becoming increasingly popular for both adding natural volume and for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, with lasting effects. While it has a high satisfaction rate, it is important to understand the nuances of this treatment. Fat cell transfer retention rates are on average 60%. Areas where larger volumes of fat are desired could require multiple sessions to achieve the optimal outcome. The good news is that improvements in fat survival can be achieved through the simultaneous injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as an adjunct to the natural fat transfer to increase fat survival rates.

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Am I a good candidate for facial fat transfer?

As we age, the effects of volume loss, the downward migration of facial features such as fat pads, and thinning skin and bones can leave people looking older than they feel. The visible signs of aging generally begin in the mid to late twenties, advancing with the decades, eventually leaving the face with sagging skin, hollow temples, under-eye bags, thinning lips, lines, and creases. If you would love to restore lost facial volume or enhance a natural feature, natural fat transfer could be the ideal treatment. 

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