Facial Implants, Facial Fat Grafting

Face: Surgical

Facial Implants

Whether we notice it or not, full cheeks are often a part of how we judge a person's face. Cheek implants can have a major impact on the appearance and self-confidence of a person whose cheeks have thinned or sunken due to age, illness or other causes. Likewise, the chin helps provide harmony to the facial features. Patients often seek a smaller nose when, in fact, a chin augmentation provides a balance to the facial features.

Implant sizes and shapes to augment the cheek and chin areas are tailored to each patient's desired appearance. The implants are placed during an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia, which usually takes less than an hour to perform. Your doctor will make the necessary incisions in inconspicuous locations to allow for minimal scarring.


Facial Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure that involves restoring lost volume in the face with the patient's own fat, taken from the abdomen, thighs or other areas. This procedure is effective in treating sunken cheeks, facial lines, acne scars and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, sun damage and other conditions.

Unlike fillers and other volume-enhancing treatments, fat grafts are taken from the patient's own body, and as a result cannot cause an allergic reaction. The fat is naturally accepted by the body. Autologous fat grafts also last longer than synthetic materials.

Fat Grafting Procedure

During the fat grafting procedure, fat is harvested from the donor area by inserting a cannula and suctioning out the fat, similar to liposuction. This is done under local anesthesia to minimize any potential discomfort. The harvested fat is then purified so that only the fat cells are grafted. Once the fat is ready to be placed, it is injected into the targeted area through a cannula until the desired appearance is achieved.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in your doctor's office or a surgical facility. Because of the different aspects involved, treatment time can vary significantly depending on each patient's individual procedure.

Results and Recovery

Patients may experience mild swelling and bruising after the fat grafting procedure, which can be minimized by icing the area. Fat grafts usually last longer than fillers and other volumizing treatments, and are considered safe for most patients since no foreign material is being injected into the body.*

Risks of Fat Grafting

While fat grafting is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Under or overcorrection

These risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced doctor to perform your procedure, and following his/her instructions after surgery. To learn more about the fat grafting procedure, call us today to schedule a consultation and find out whether or not this procedure is right for you.

*Individual results may vary.

What Our Patients Are Saying

My experience with Dr. Mao has been nothing but pleasant.  My first appointment I meet with him and talked about my options and took pictures.  He had done morphed photos to show me what my nose could potentially look like.  He was very personable he made sure that I was comfortable during appointments and gave ... Read More

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Face and Necklift Patient

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