As we get older, the skin on our face naturally becomes looser and fine lines begin to develop around the mouth, including smile lines and marionette lines. Additionally, our face loses fat cells, causing sunken cheeks and bags under the eyes. Dr. Heidari believes that in order to truly turn back time, a face and neck lift are not the only solutions. Lost facial volume must also be restored. That is where facial fat transfer comes in.
During this procedure, Dr. Heidari uses your own fat to restore the volume lost in your face, creating a long-lasting, natural, youthful appearance. Facial fat transfer can be applied to the cheeks, the lips, under the eyelids, and around the mouth. The results can last up to three years or more — unlike with cosmetic injectables, which must be re-injected every few months. Facial fat transfer can last for years to come and looks even better with time.
- Reduced facial volume due to aging, weight loss or a surgical procedure
- Have had traumatic injuries to the face such as a dog bite or severe acne scarring
- Also desire face and neck lift and/or eyelid rejuvenation
Dr. Heidari takes fat from another area of your body such as the abdomen, flanks, waist, thighs or the inner knees. It is then purified and centrifuged into a more concentrated fat. Using micro-cannula, the fat is placed precisely in predetermined spots to restore lost volume. The procedure takes about two to three hours to complete, and depending on the amount of fat to be injected, is done under local with mild sedation or general anesthesia.
Swelling in the face and bruising in the areas where fat was removed as well as in the face is normal and goes away within seven to fourteen days. Post-operative pain is usually mild and you can return to normal, non-strenuous activity within three to four days.
Dr. Heidari recommends that you apply makeup after about ten to fourteen days and return to work in about two weeks.