Part of the reason that you may look older than you want is because your face naturally loses volume as you get older. While some injectable products are available to enhance facial volume, not everyone is comfortable with having these injections. An alternative is facial fat transfer which uses your own fat to restore facial volume and help you look younger. Located in Bala Cynwyd and serving Philadelphia, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emily Pollard’s office offers microdermabrasion and is accepting new patients today!
What is Facial Fat Transfer?
Moving fat from one area of the body has been a daydream for many men and women. Now it is possible with facial fat transfers. Dr. Pollard harvests excess fat from an area of your body, and the fat is injected into areas of your face that need restored volume and definition. We recommend the treatment for men and women who:
- Do not require facial surgery
- Require minor improvements after facial surgery
- Prefer to not use other injectable products to restore facial volume
Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer
The amount of fat that is needed for facial fat transfer is not enough to give your body a svelte, toned appearance, but the treatment does have many other benefits.
- No scarring
- No downtime
- Simple, comfortable and quick
- Immediate improvements
Am I a Strong Candidate for Facial Fat Transfer?
The best candidate for facial fat transfer is someone who has mild to moderate signs of aging caused by volume loss in the face. The procedure is also an excellent option for patients who may be allergic to the ingredients in other dermal fillers and injectables as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You may not be a good candidate if you do not have adequate donor fat somewhere on your body. The most common signs of aging that are treated with facial fat transfers are:
- Crow’s feet
- Laugh lines
- Smile lines
- Minor skin depressions
- Acne scars
- Poor cheek and lip volume
- Forehead wrinkles
Facial fat transfer can also be used to enhance the nose.
What Can I Expect Before, During and After Facial Fat Transfer?
Before your facial fat transfer treatment, you will meet with Dr. Pollard for a consultation. She will evaluate your skin to determine if the procedure is right for you. She will explain the fat extraction and injection process and answer any questions. You will also learn how the procedure will enhance your facial features and reduce signs of aging.
On the day of your facial fat transfer, Dr. Pollard harvests the fat using liposuction. Only a relatively small amount of fat is needed, so you may not notice that fat has been removed from the donor area. The incision that is needed for liposuction is very small, so the scar is barely noticeable and may heal without sutures. Once the fat is harvested, Dr. Pollard purifies it and then injects it into the treatment area. Several injections are needed to create a natural appearance.
After your facial fat transfer, you may have some discomfort, swelling, and tenderness in your face. These symptoms should only last 24 to 48 hours. Facial fat transfers are long lasting, and many patients find that the results last longer when compared to dermal fillers and injectables.
You may also have some discomfort and swelling in the area where the liposuction was performed. We will provide aftercare instructions for your incision before you leave to go home.
How Much Does Facial Fat Transfer Cost?
The cost of facial fat transfer is dependent upon the amount of correction that is needed. We are better able to provide a cost after your consultation appointment with Dr. Pollard. We’re proud to offer CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit solutions for financing cosmetic procedures. Our CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit plans include low monthly payment options and no prepayment penalties. For complete information on our CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit financing plans, visit the financing page on our website.
Dr. Emily Pollard is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery. She recognizes that each patient has unique requirements and desires. Her services have improved the lives of people from in and around Philadelphia. Dr. Pollard specializes in cosmetic surgery, breast enhancement, body contouring, facial surgery, and women’s health issues. If you are looking for self-improvement in the form of plastic surgery or skin rejuvenation, Dr. Pollard and her professional team will accommodate your needs! Please call 610-674-0779 today to schedule your initial consultation!