Bolitho MD

9834 Genesee Ave Ste 311 La Jolla San Diego, California
Phone: (858) 458-5100

Facial fat grafting

Facial fat grafting

Before and After Images

Fat transfer, also referred to as fat grafting, is seeing a resurgence in the world of both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. The concept of using one’s own fat for facial rejuvenation has assumed acceptance by surgeon’s and patient’s alike. While there is a very definite role for hyaluronic acid based fillers, many plastic surgeons are seeing the benefits of facial fat transfer for their patients. There is no better substitute for facial fat that has either descended over time, or been lost as part of the ageing process.

According to statistics, thousands of cosmetic surgery patents seek fat grafting and are thrilled with the natural, safe, and long-term results.

Facial fat grafting helps with the following:

Dr. Bolitho skillfully uses the newest techniques to achieve the most impressive aesthetic outcome.

Procedure Candidates

An array of both men and women seek this procedure to achieve more youthful results. Ideal surgical candidates for facial fat grafting are as follows:

Facial Fat Grafting Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Bolitho will begin to tailor the facial fat grafting procedure for you. He will also review your overall medical history and determine which area would be best for a fat donor site.

This office visit is a vital one since it’s a time to be ultimately candid with Dr. Bolitho. At this consultation, you can freely share your aesthetic goals and wishes. Dr. Bolitho will carefully examine areas of your facial features for this procedure.

Likewise, photos will be taken for your medical file. They will automatically be downloaded to a state-of-the-art software program called TouchMD. The photographs will reflect the areas of potential facial fat grafting and are then uploaded to a touch screen in your examining room. Dr. Bolitho will utilize this software to get more in-depth information regarding your aesthetic wishes. Dr. Bolitho will explain the treatment process with this touch screen and discuss the latest techniques he uses to achieve the most desired aesthetic outcome.

If you choose to move forward with your surgery, your patient concierge will schedule a preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will meet with Dr. Bolitho once again to review your procedure and goals. You will also receive pre and postoperative detailed instructions as well as prescriptions prior to the procedure.

Facial Fat Grafting Procedure

During your consultation, Dr. Bolitho will have already determined where the fat donor site will be. Dr. Bolitho and his team will ensure your comfort at every level. Typically, the site is located in the thigh or buttock area.

There are three steps to the fat transfer procedure which includes the following:

  • Harvesting: Following a local anesthetic, fat is skillfully removed via liposuction.
  • Purification and Transfer: Following the collection of fat, the contents are prepared for a fat transfer. The purification portion of the procedure typically utilizes a centrifuge for filtration.
  • Placement: This is the last step in where Dr. Bolitho will transfer the fat to the areas being augmented. Oftentimes, there is more than one facial feature being augmented during the procedure. Dr. Bolitho carefully delivers the fat transfer until the optimal and natural looking volume is achieved.

Facial Fat Grafting Recovery

Following your procedure, Dr. Bolitho will place a dressing over the grafted area(s) as well as the donor site. A compression garment at the donor site may also be utilized.

The recovery process of your facial fat grafting procedure depends on where it was performed and number of areas treated.

During your preoperative appointment with Dr. Bolitho, you will be given specific instructions, medications, and postsurgical guidelines. Dr. Bolitho and his team will be on hand during every step of the recovery phase.

Generally, swelling and bruising is apparent for the first week. While bruising recedes in the second week, residual swelling may still exist. Approaching the third week into recovery, patients notice the most improvement and may use concealer to camouflage any lingering bruising.

In your initial consultation, Dr. Bolitho explains how cosmetic procedures are a journey. The transformations are wonderful, but patience is needed as your body adjusts to their new improvements.

Facial fat grafting provides natural and long-term results making it an incomparable procedure.