About Facial Fat Grafting
Nowadays, there are many procedures that refresh the fullness and contours of your face; however, autologous fat transfer to the face is rising in popularity since it provides natural-looking improvements and long-lasting benefits for the skin. Lost volume, frequently caused by aging, is usually most prominent in the areas around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline. Autologous fat transfer to the face may be used to diminish some of the more typical signs of aging, and it increases volume by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face using your transferred fatty tissue. By liposuctioning extra fat from areas of your body, plastic surgeons Dr. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas can carefully place the purified fat to the desired sections of your face for beautiful, long-lasting results. With autologous fat transfer to the face, you don't just see a refreshed facial appearance, you smooth the curves of your body. To get more information about autologous fat transfer to the face, contact Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to arrange a consultation today.
"I’m beyond happy with my experience with Dr. Canales and the staff as Plastic Surgery Associates. I inquired about a procedure (augmentation) soon after their reopening during the pandemic and got nothing short of amazing service. Right away I had Lisa reach out to me and answered everyone of my many questions. She was so helpful and I felt like she really cared and wanted to make the process as easy as possible. Due to Covid, I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Canales to get the ball rolling. It wasn’t just a get on and get off call, he wanted to know details to ensure I was going to get the desired results. Once the decision was made, the staff there (Kelsey, Lisa and Wendy) we’re providing me with all the documentation needed, reaching out to me via phone and their online Klara portal. If I ever had a question, they responded immediately without frustration. They constantly reminded me they want to provide me with the best experience. On surgery day, I felt like I was apart of the family not just a patient. Dr. Canales and my anesthesiologist and those assisting made me feel so at home and not nervous at all. Post surgery, I could not put into words how ecstatic I am with my results. I never imagined my augmentation would look and feel so natural. They are honestly perfect and it’s thanks to the team helping me decide which options would be best. Huge thank you to the team for performing a life changing procedure and treating me with such care along the way!"- R.S. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2020
"I am 48 years old and breast fed both my children for 24 months. I am also a runner and all I can say is that my breasts looked awful. I contacted Plastic Surgery Associates about a breast aug and from start to finish they were so professional and soothing to me. My breasts are incredible and to be honest..... I did not feel much pain after surgery. I have healed fast and now I am running again and feeling more fit than ever."- C.C. / Facebook / Mar 06, 2020
"I can't say enough nice things about my experience at PSA of Santa Rosa. I have wanted to have a breast reduction since my early 20's, but was nervous about having the surgery. I'm now 55 and decided I was ready to do it! I heard great things about PSA of SR and since this was my very first surgery I called for a consult. Everybody in the office was so nice and made me feel comfortable at every visit. I was very nervous the day of surgery, but the staff and Dr. Furnas were wonderful. The surgery went well and my recovery has been awesome! I thought for sure I would have to take pain pills after surgery but I never had to take a single one! And I am very happy with my breast reduction/lift results! I would highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa."- T.K. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"I had a full tummy tuck done with Dr Conales, if I could give more stars, I would. He and the entire team was so nice and kind from beginning to end. I'm almost 3 months post op and my results are incredible. Thank you guys so much!"- J.S. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2020
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
A fat transfer can help if you want to add volume that looks natural to certain places in your face. Transferring fat to your face may improve wrinkles, such as laugh lines, smile lines, and Crow's feet. Transferred fat may also minimize the visibility of pitted areas and scars. You can even enhance your cheeks and lips for a rejuvenated appearance. With results similar to an injectable wrinkle filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a facial fat transfer is a great treatment if you'd like longer-lasting results. In order to be a candidate for a fat transfer, you need to have enough extra fat to fulfill your goals.
Facial fat transfer is a two-step process that includes liposuction and injection. Since only a minimal amount of fat is required, we usually use twilight or local anesthesia. To start, we will use liposuction to extract fat, which may be taken from your abdomen, hips, or flanks. As soon as the fat is removed, it will be processed and then placed in syringes. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas use different injections angles and techniques to provide ideal immersion rates into your skin, as well as to create symmetry. According to your plan, fat will be transferred to your lips, cheeks, and/or beneath your eyes to create volume, as well as to correct lines, wrinkles, and facial depressions.
What to Expect
Following your fat graft, your liposuction incisions will be stitched before you're sent into recovery. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will apply wound coverings and watch you until you are able to be taken home by a family member or friend. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will let you know what will happen after the procedure and ways you are able to heal faster. Follow-up appointments need to be made at our Santa Rosa, CA office so we can evaluate your healing and results. Your recovery will be different, depending on the amount of fat that is taken and grafted, but you need to plan to spend a couple of weeks to rest and heal. Right away, you might feel uncomfortable with swelling and bruising at the area(s) that received liposuction along with the transfer site(s). You might see a little improvement immediately; however, it is going to take a few weeks until you can see your final outcomes. A little bit of fat might be reabsorbed, but with appropriate maintenance, your improvements can last for several years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Your cost for a facial fat graft will include liposuction and will vary, depending on the amount of volume being transferred. Following a complete examination, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will decide how much fat is required to achieve your goals and develop a personal plan. After this, they can start to calculate costs, like anesthesia and facility fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa takes several payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a fat transfer and an injectable wrinkle filler (for example, Restylane and Juvéderm) may correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring facial volume. Although wrinkle fillers may create wonderful results, a fat graft to the face usually lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you want and in which areas, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas might recommend using wrinkle fillers. As soon as you've decided what you like, we will schedule a fat graft to your face for long-lasting results.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
A fat transfer to the face may be performed with another procedure, like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer is also a good way to enhance another cosmetic surgery. A fat graft will increase volume to improve the proportions of your face during a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Talk to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas in your consultation about your needs and wants so they can develop a plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that reach all your aesthetic goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
The length of time needed for your facial fat graft will depend on the amount of fat being taken, plus the volume required to reach your goals. As soon as your plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will discuss what you can expect, like how long it will take. They will take their time to carefully place even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are beautiful.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
A fat transfer may be used in several areas to increase volume or reduce lines. A fat transfer is great to enhance the cheeks so that the area looks lifted and fuller without surgery. Additionally, transferred fat may also be used to add volume to your lips. You can also use a fat graft to improve the hollow under eye areas. A fat transfer to your face can also treat scars and wrinkles (for example, marionette lines or brow furrows). Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will develop your unique treatment plan to focus on your needs and aesthetic goals.
Fat transfer is a wonderful way to add volume, even out lines, and enhance your gorgeous face. When you wish for a more youthful, bright look with a short recovery, we urge you to find out more about a fat transfer at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa and how it can help you meet your aesthetic goals. It's a great choice for those who want a natural alteration and long-lasting results. Contact our Santa Rosa, CA practice at your earliest convenience to set up your appointment with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas for this innovative procedure.