Facial Fat Transfer

Facial Fat Transfer

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As we get older, the skin on our face naturally becomes looser and fine lines begin to develop around the mouth, including smile lines and marionette lines. Additionally, our face loses fat cells, causing sunken cheeks and bags under the eyes. Dr. Heidari believes that in order to truly turn back time, a face and neck lift are not the only solutions. Lost facial volume must also be restored. That is where facial fat transfer comes in. With our location in Southern California, Dr. Heidari sees patients from the greater Los Angeles area and The Inland Empire. If you’re interested in getting a facial fat transfer in the Inland Empire, contact our nearest office to schedule a consultation. Below, we’ve included our guide to the procedure.

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What is Facial Fat Transfer?

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Facial fat transfer, also known as facial fat rejuvenation or face fat grafting, is a procedure that involves taking fat from another part of your body and transferring it to your face. The goal is to achieve a more youthful appearance, add lost volume to the face, and correct scarring on the face. Traditionally, these fat injections are inserted into the under-eye area, cheeks, nose, and corners of the mouth and lips.

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What are the Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer?

In addition to improving confidence, there are some major benefits when it comes to Facial Fat Transfer, such as:

  • Augments volume-deficient areas like the temples, cheeks, and lips
  • Giving you a refreshed and younger appearance
  • Long-lasting, natural-looking results
  • No incisions are required
  • Smooths fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other types of skin depression
  • Uses your tissue

Who are the Best Candidates for Facial Fat Transfer?

While it can be performed on any adult, Dr. Heidari strongly recommends waiting until you’re over 30 years old as your fat volume tends to peak in your twenties. As the fullness begins to drop off, then is the better time to consider undergoing this procedure. A good candidate is someone who is overall healthy, a nonsmoker, and has positive and realistic goals when it comes to the treatment’s results.

This procedure can also help treat the following conditions that many patients struggle with:

  • A desire for face and neck lift and/or eyelid rejuvenation
  • Traumatic injuries to the face (i.e. severe acne scarring, animal bite, etc.)

What’s the First Step?

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If you are looking into Facial Fat Transfer in the Inland Empire, the first step is to contact Aesthetic Contours and schedule your consultation with Dr. Heidari. When you come in for your appointment, you will be able to meet Dr. Heidari, discuss your goals for the treatment, and see if you’re a good candidate. You will receive an evaluation and need to discuss your medical history so that Dr. Heidari may create the best surgical plan for you. If you both agree on this plan, you will be able to schedule your appointment with our Patient Coordinator who will provide you with a list of instructions you should follow pre-surgery.

PRO TIP: It is very important to be open and honest when discussing your medical history. We are completely discreet and the information you share with us is used to help prevent any potential side effects and unnecessary risks, as well as increase your optimal results.

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What to Expect on the Day of Facial Fat Transfer

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Dr. Heidari takes fat from other areas of your body such as the abdomen, flanks, waist, thighs, or inner knees. It is then purified and centrifuged into a more concentrated fat. Using a micro-cannula, the fat is placed precisely in predetermined spots to restore lost volume. The procedure takes about two to three hours to complete, and depending on the amount of fat to be injected, is done locally with mild sedation or general anesthesia.

Facial Fat Transfer Recovery

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Swelling in the face and bruising in the areas where fat was removed as well as in the face is normal and goes away within seven to fourteen days. Post-operative pain is usually mild and you can return to normal, non-strenuous activity within three to four days. Most of our patients tend to take off a week from work as they heal from the swelling and bruising.

You should keep your head elevated for at least 4 weeks following surgery to minimize swelling. Gentle, light massaging can also help reduce swelling. We do not recommend ice packs or compresses as ice can cause the small blood vessels in your face to temporarily shrink. You may use a warm compress since fat survives off circulation.

Dr. Heidari recommends that you apply makeup after about ten to fourteen days and return to work in about two weeks. He will also give you a list of post-surgical directions to follow to enhance your recovery experience.

How Much Does Facial Fat Transfer Cost in the Inland Empire?

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The cost of Facial Fat Transfer in Upland is based on a variety of factors, such as how much fat is being transferred, where it’s being taken from, and where is it being injected into. After coming in for your consultation and Dr. Heidari is able to craft your surgical plan, our Patient Coordinator can provide you with a detailed breakdown of the cost of your procedure.

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Why Choose Us?

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At Aesthetic Contours by Dr. Heidari, we know that every patient is unique and our goal is to provide you with tailored, personalized care. Our practice is owned and operated by Dr. Ali Heidari, a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. Dr. Heidari uses your body in the same way an artist uses a canvas, with a desire to turn every patient into a work of art. Our team shares his dedication to maintaining the highest standards of safety and quality care for our patients. With our convenient Inland Empire location in Upland, CA, Dr. Heidari has garnered a stellar reputation due to his knowledge, understanding, and friendly nature.

Schedule Your Consultation

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If you are in the Southern California area and would like to find out if you are a good candidate for Facial Fat Transfer, look no further than Aesthetic Contours. Give us a call or easily schedule an appointment through our website to request a consultation with Dr. Heidari. Give your face more volume and achieve a more vibrant, youthful look today with a Facial Fat Transfer!

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Patient Resources

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We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out.