How Does a Facial Fat Transfer Work?
During facial fat transfer, Dr. Langdon will select a donor area, often the abdomen, flanks or thighs. Fat harvested from these areas is processed to clean and prepare the fat cells for transfer. The fat is then injected into areas of the face that can benefit from the added volume. Because the procedure uses your own living fat cells, the body will not try to remove them like it removes some dermal fillers.
How Much Fat Survives a Facial Fat Transfer?
Dr. Langdon has mastered the process of harvesting and preparing fat cells. As a result, these fat cells have an excellent chance of surviving when injected. Results will vary depending on your body’s unique reaction to the treatment.
In most cases, anywhere between 50% and 80% of injected fat cells will survive the transfer. Surgeons usually inject enough fat to account for this (“over-correct”), to make sure you see the results you want.
What Can a Facial Fat Transfer Treat?
Facial fat transfer excels in providing natural-looking fullness and smoothness. We use fat transfer to improve facial features like:
- Hollow temples
- Undereye circles
- Loss of cheek volume
- Nasolabial folds and other deep lines
- Thin or narrow lips
Fat cells are safe to use almost anywhere because they augment or replace natural fat. In the transfer process, small clumps of fat cells must be carefully placed in order to receive sufficient blood supply. Once injected, these cells will behave just like the fat cells around them and, after engraftment, will last just as long.