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Facial Fat Transfer Performed by Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi

Facial fat transfer is an excellent alternative to facial injectables, allowing patients to use their own fat from elsewhere on the body to restore facial volume. Facial fat transfer not only delivers excellent results but is also much safer. The risk of an allergic reaction is essentially eliminated and results last much longer. Dr. Tansavatdi offers this life-changing procedure at her Westlake Village Plastic Surgery practice, serving the areas of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, and Santa Barbara.

What Can Facial Fat Transfer Accomplish?

The aging face results not only from skin laxity but also from a loss in facial volume. Dr. Tansavatdi applies new techniques in harvesting and transferring fat to areas in the face to restore volume, fill in depressed lines, and return the face to a more youthful appearance. Fat can be used to fill in sunken places around the eyes and plump hollow cheeks. The fat may also be used to fill in specific types of facial scars. Overall, facial fat transfer helps patients achieve a more youthful and beautiful facial appearance. If you’re in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area and you want to add volume to your face naturally, Dr. Tansavatdi can help.

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How is Facial Fat Transfer Performed?

To perform the facial fat transfer, Dr. Tansavatdi uses liposuction to take fat from the hips, thighs, or buttocks. Depending on the amount of fat needed, liposuction can be performed under local or general anesthesia. The first part of the procedure requires small incisions, which heal well and produce minimal scarring after surgery. Once she has obtained the fat, Dr. Tansavatdi then purifies it to use as a filler. The fat is then placed in small syringes and re-injected into the patient’s face in pre-determined areas of recognized facial volume loss. It is important to note that results become gradually visible. Most of the fat is absorbed by the body right away, so Dr. Tansavatdi may use more than necessary in order to produce the desired result.

Recovery from facial fat transfer

Facial fat transfer requires minimal downtime. Most patients return to work within 5 to 7 days. Some facial swelling and bruising at the injection sites is common and disappears within a few days. The area where the fat was extracted will be bandaged for a few days, and often is the only site of mild pain. Most patients report very little discomfort. The face heals quickly, and results become more and more apparent over time.

Ideal facial fat transfer candidates

Facial fat transfer candidates must have enough fat elsewhere on the body, which is extracted via liposuction and purified prior to being re-injected into the face. During a consultation, Dr. Tansavatdi will locate the area of the body where fat can be taken from. She will also consider other factors, including your medical history and aesthetic goals, to ensure that you have realistic expectations of the procedure.

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What is micro fat grafting?

Micro fat grafting (also known as “micronized fat transfer technique”) is a procedure in which the fat harvested from the body is more efficiently purified than earlier methods. With micro fat grafting, the harvested fat cells are of a much smoother consistency, and less is required than before—which results in a much more natural appearance. Furthermore, the cells are mixed with platelet rich plasma (PRP) from your very own body. This PRP contains concentrated levels of growth factors, which allows patients to instantly see results. 

Besides instant results, other advantages to micro fat grafting with PRP include:

  • Because micro fat grafting with PRP uses your body’s own “ingredients”, there’s no chance of allergic reaction
  • The injected fat looks and feels natural (because it’s yours!)
  • Results last up to ten times longer than using fillers—anywhere from 5 to 10 years, depending on your genetics, age, rate of fat loss, and skin quality
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Micro fat grafting with PRP to volumize the face

One of the most telltale signs of aging is the loss of volume around the eyes and cheeks, because it creates a hollowed-out, sunken appearance, as well as causing facial folds and wrinkles to develop.

However, because of recent advances in fat transfer techniques such as micro fat grafting, Dr. Tansavatdi is now able to more safely and precisely restore facial volume to plump up sunken areas of the face to provide a refreshed, more youthful appearance.

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What happens during a micro fat grafting treatment?

A micro fat grafting procedure uses local anesthesia. For the first part of the procedure, a small liposuction cannula will be used to remove fat from the stomach, flanks, buttocks, or thighs. Discomfort is minimal, and although you may feel tugging, you will not feel any pain.

Dr. Tansavatdi will prepare the removed fat for injection into your face by isolating the fat cells, processing them into smaller particles, and then mixing them with the PRP. She will then cleanse your face and provide both a topical and local anesthetic for your comfort. She will then carefully inject the fat cells into the areas of your face that need treatment. 

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Am I a good candidate for micro fat grafting with PRP?

If you’re in the Westlake Village or Thousand Oaks area and you’re interested in micro fat grafting with PRP, please contact us to see if you’re a good candidate.

The procedure may not be right for you if you don’t have enough body fat to transfer, if you have certain bleeding disorders, or if you have an infection on your skin. 

Contact Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi

Dr. Tansavatdi is a skilled female facial plastic surgeon offering the most advanced facial cosmetic procedures for the face for the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area, including rhinoplasty, facelift surgery, and eyelid surgery. For more information on facial fat transfer and how it can improve your appearance and confidence, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi by calling (805) 715-4996 or contacting us online.

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