Over time, facial volume changes. We begin to lose it, and it also naturally falls downward over time — both in the mid-face and at the jawline. This leads to the gradual development of jowling and folds of skin around the nose and mouth. Dermal fillers may help, but for those who want a more permanent solution, facial fat transfer in Tampa or Sarasota is an excellent option.
Key benefits of facial fat transfer
- Long-lasting results
- Natural-looking results
- No risk of allergic reaction
- Youthful volume is restored
- Improved skin texture/tone
- Wrinkles are reduced
- Removes fat from donor area
What is fat transfer?
Facial fat transfer is a surgical procedure in which fat is removed from another area of the body to provide volume where it is needed in the face.
The taken fat is purified and injected into the face in order to plump up folds, wrinkles, and lines, as well as deliver youthful volume to areas such as the temples, tear troughs, cheeks, lips, and soft tissues around the mouth.
How facial fat transfer works
Facial fat transfer replaces and/or enhances the existing structural framework that supports the skin soft tissue envelope of the face. Fat tissue is delicate, and the fat cells can be damaged as fat is removed from the abdomen or other body areas — or during re-injection into areas of volume loss in the face.
The damaged fat cells will dissolve and be removed by the body. After the fat cells are injected into the needed area, the remaining undamaged fat cells must obtain enough oxygen to be sustained. Those that do not will also dissolve and will be removed by the body. Therefore, the goal with facial fat transfer is to use enough fat in each area to have a substantial improvement after the body clears the damaged and oxygen-deprived fat cells. We use state-of-the-art fat harvesting, purification, and injection techniques to increase the survival of the injected fat cells.
Recovery and results
Most patients develop swelling 3 or 4 days after the procedure, and then it gradually begins to subside. Most of the swelling will resolve within 7 to 14 days, but mild swelling may be present for up to one month.
Some patients develop bruising at the donor and/or recipient site(s). We advise patients to discontinue any medications or supplements that may promote bleeding, such as vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin, etc. While facial fat transfer results can last for years, touch-up procedures are sometimes necessary.
Candidates for facial fat transfer
If you’re in the Sarasota and Tampa area and you’re interested in facial fat transfer, it may be the perfect procedure for you. Candidates for facial fat transfer are individuals with facial volume loss in one or more areas such as the temples, tear troughs, cheeks, areas around the mouth, jawline, and lips, and who have enough extra fat elsewhere on the body to harvest.
Adivive fat transfer: A natural filler for natural results
As we get older, fatty tissue tends to migrate downward in the face, often leading to a hollow appearance of the under-eye area, along with flattening and deflation of the mid-face and deepening of the folds near the mouth.
Adivive™ fat transfer is a revolutionary procedure designed to maximize fat removal during harvest and transfer to enable safe and reliable restoration of facial features with a healthy shape and contour.
Facial fat transfer in Sarasota and Tampa from HK Plastic Surgery
In 2014, Dr. Holcomb and Dr. Kreithen brought their practices together to establish an in-depth plastic surgery and medical spa offering the most advanced procedures. With nearly 40 years of experience between them, Doctors Holcomb and Dr. Kreithen now provide an extremely sophisticated, comprehensive practice with very competent and compassionate team — a one-stop-shop for aesthetic needs of all kinds. We provide the very best in customer support, white-glove service, accessibly to many different procedures and therapies, and multiple locations to conveniently serve all our patients. If you’re in the Sarasota and Tampa area and you’re interested in facial fat transfer or you’d like to learn more about Adivive, please contact us.