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Facial fat grafting is performed to add subtle volume to the cheeks, temples, and areas around the eyes, nose and mouth. Because the fat is harvested from the patient's own body, there is very little risk of allergic reaction and results appear elegant and natural. Facial fat transfer can restore a youthful, energetic appearance, rejuvenating your skin and enhancing your self-confidence. The procedure is often combined with a facelift, brow lift or blepharoplasty procedure to augment your results and create a seamless outcome.

What is facial fat grafting?

During a fat transfer procedure, fat cells are extracted from a donor region such as the abdomen, thighs or love handles. The procedure has the added benefit of contouring these areas where fat is unwanted. A small incision is made through which a slender tube known as a cannula is threaded. Fat deposits are then suctioned out using liposuction.

In a second step, the fat is purified and sterilized using a centrifuge, making it ready for transplantation. The impurities in the fat are separated out to help ensure the fat cells chosen are viable.

Finally, the fat cells are injected into the target facial regions, enhancing the overall volume of the face and delivering youthful-looking contours. Your surgeon will take care to utilize meticulous precision and artistry while injecting the fat so that your results appear harmonious with the existing facial structures. The procedure typically takes up to 2 hours and is performed under local anesthesia.

Why choose the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery for facial fat grafting?

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery is among the top destinations in Northern Virginia for stunning results, personalized care and technological innovation. Our team of highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeons led by Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin prioritizes patient health, comfort and well being. Both doctors listen carefully to your concerns and are able to craft a treatment plan that is perfect for your goals. From our compassionate staff and state-of-the-art facility to the artistry of our physicians, The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery stands out as a premier haven for excellence.

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