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Local Anesthesia Procedure: Fat Grafting Of The Face

Fat Grafting Of The Face

Local Anesthesia Procedure: Fat Grafting Of The FaceFacial fat grafting or fat transfer to face is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of fat from one body area and reintroducing it in the face after thoroughly processing it. The treatment adds volume to aging facial areas by injecting naturally-occurring fat in the face. It also helps in rejuvenating the overlaying skin at the same time.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides fat grafting of the face local anesthesia procedure to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding communities.

Need for Facial Fat Transfer

Our bodies produce less collagen as we age. This is the protein that is useful in keeping the skin youthful and plump. The skin loses elasticity as the collagen levels deplete, which causes the skin to sag and wrinkle. Fat transfer to the face is a poignant way for filling the defects and improving skin contouring. It also helps in restoring volume to the face, especially in those areas that have experienced volume loss with age.

Fat Transfer to Face vs. Facial Fillers

Facial fat graft is what you need if you are looking for a long-lasting solution to the signs of facial aging. You would get better and more long-lasting results as compared to dermal fillers and other nonsurgical alternatives.

Fat transfer to face is more organic as compared to dermal fillers because of the use of fat from your own body. 50 to 70% fat cells survive the transfer process providing permanent results. Dermal filler results generally fade away after six months. Also, only a certain amount of filler can be injected at one time.

Purpose of Facial Fat Transfer

Facial fat grafting can achieve numerous aesthetic goals being a versatile procedure. It can be used for improving:

  • Loss of lip volume
  • Loss of cheek volume
  • Loss of jawline fullness
  • Sunken areas around and under the eyes
  • Diminished volume in the temples area
  • Deep creases extending from the nose to the mouth sides
  • Wrinkles, facial folds and shallow scarring

Natural looking and long-lasting results can be achieved through facial fat grafting. Often, the procedure is combined with other enhancement procedures, like facelift or eyelid lift for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Facial fat graft can also be combined with mini facelift for enhancing the results. These procedures target wrinkles and other signs of aging around the eyes. The procedure is minimally invasive in nature, which means you get to recover quickly.

Scars From Facial Fat Grafting

Fat transfer doesn’t usually leave detectable scars unlike other surgical procedures. The fat is reintroduced using a microcannula. This makes it easy for surgeons to avoid any noticeable scarring. A small needle is used for making access incisions.

These heal without leaving any visible scars. You should ask the treatment provider to show you before and after images of facial fat transfer procedure as performed on other patients. This will help you assess scarring visibility for your own.

Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for fat grafting of the face local anesthesia procedure.

Contact Virginia Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin Today for a Consultation

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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