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Facial Fat Transfer/Liposculpting

Also known as “Autologus Fat Transfer” or even “Stem Cell Facelift”

How facial fat changes as we age

As we age there are certain physiological changes that occur, especially in the face.   Facial aging occurs mainly as the result of (1) skin changes and (2) changes in the deeper soft tissues of the face. Factors that influence external skin changes include natural aging, skin type, sun exposure, facial movement, and routine skin care. Facial fat deeper within the face thins with normal aging and, as gravity pulls on the face, the underlying soft tissues droop. These two types of changes are separate processes and require different treatments.

Solutions to restore facial volume

When patients want to address the loss of facial fullness, the use of fillers such as hyaluronic acid fillers is the treatment of choice. Hyaluronic acid is non-allergenic and is fully absorbable. The aesthetic results are immediate and very natural, however the results only last 6 months to 1 year and areas of the face that may need greater volume may prove costly.

Dr. Perez now offers an innovative procedure for patients seeking a more permanent result for loss of facial volume.

The procedure called Autologous Facial Fat Transfer is  a procedure that restores facial volume by using the patients own fat.  Performed in our Overland Park office under local anesthesia and oral sedation, Dr. Perez can help give patients who suffer from facial volume loss a more permanent result many times with just one procedure.

The Procedure

This sterile procedure is done by selecting an area of fat on the body, usually the upper abdominal area is the area of choice.  This is done with local tumescent anesthetic to numb the area.  Once numbed, Dr. Perez begins to harvest the fat cells with much care, maintaining sterile technique through the entire process. The fat is then processed for re-injection using special instruments so the delicate fat cells are not damaged. The fat is then prepared into syringes and injected to the target facial area using a micro drop technique to add volume enhancement.

Common areas of treatment for facial fat transfer are:

  • underneath the lower eyelid
  • cheeks
  • eyebrow
  • nasolabial folds
  • lips and jaw lines.

The Results

With the added fat volume added to the face,  many patients can expect once hollow areas to be filled.  Nasolabial folds improve.  Cheeks look lifted and the overall appearance of the face can look more youthful. Most patients can expect to experience moderate swelling post procedure which subsides within 5 to 10 days.  Some patients experience mild bruising, especially light, thin, skinned individuals or those who are prone to bruising. By 7 to 10 days most patients are ready to return to work.

Results are immediate with the facial fat transfer procedure, however as the residual swelling decreases and the fat cells take up in their new environment patients start to see the desired results.

It must also be noted that there is also potential stimulus given by the associate “stem cells” that are transferred along with the fat cells.  Some patients will not only have improvement in the volume of the face, but also experience improvement in skin texture.  Some providers call this procedure a “Stem Cell Facelift,” however most of the attributes are theoretical and difficult to prove.  Still, many patients swear by the benefits.

Take a look at our before and after gallery to see what we have been able to do for some of our patients.

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Renue Aesthetic Surgery
Victor Perez M.D.
Phone : 913-685-1108
Fax : 913-685-1129
6300 W. 143rd St. Ste. 210
Overland Park, KS 66223