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Facial Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting) in San Diego

When it comes to smoothing wrinkles and restoring a plump, youthful look to facial features, you’ve got an array of fabulous fillers to choose from. But what if you’d prefer to keep everything totally natural (i.e., no fillers or implants), or you’d simply rather not have to worry about touching up your results every few months to maintain your look?

If this describes you, facial fat transfer at San Diego’s La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa may be just the right procedure to help you achieve your goals. During this minimally invasive procedure, a small amount of fat is removed (typically via liposuction), purified, and re-injected strategically beneath the skin to restore youthful volume, plump the lips, or enhance natural features. Because your own fat is used, a fat transfer presents no risk of allergic reaction or rejection by your body, and the results can last indefinitely.

Considering Facial Fat Grafting in San Diego? You’re Not Alone!

At La Jolla Cosmetic, we love dermal fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane—so do thousands of our patients! Yet despite their proven safety (when administered by a qualified professional) and immense popularity, these manufactured products have two challenges: they’re temporary, and long-term costs can add up, especially if you’d like to restore volume throughout the face.

Fat grafting can achieve similar goals to fillers—plumping cheeks and lips, smoothing under-eye bags, softening creases and wrinkles, etc.—with results that last longer, age naturally with you, and look and feel totally natural.

Our board certified plastic surgeons can also perform fat grafting at the same time as facelift surgery, helping to restore lost volume and achieve subtle, smooth results without over-tightening the skin.

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Advanced Techniques for More Satisfying, Predictable Results

One commonly cited drawback of fat grafting is that some of the injected fat usually does not “take,” or establish a blood supply and survive the transfer process. This indeed can be problematic with older fat transfer techniques, which have a “take” rate (permanency of transferred fat) of about 30%, and required a surgeon to overfill an area in hopes of eventually achieving the desired volume increase.

Our board certified plastic surgeons at LJC are experienced in newer, more precise natural fat transfer techniques that do a much better job preparing the fat for injection, so that it takes at a much higher rate—nearly double that of previous methods. This benefits you in several key ways:

  • Restores natural, youthful volume and smoothes creases without manufactured fillers
  • We don’t need to “overfill” the area to a great degree
  • Final results are in place much sooner
  • Reduced chance of needing touch-up injections
  • Your treated area feels completely normal and natural
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The best way to learn more about your many options for facial rejuvenation, including fat grafting, is to talk one on one with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. If you’re in the San Diego area, contact us, call (858) 452-1981, or request your personal, free consultation with one of our plastic surgeons at LJC.

Last reviewed by a La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa Editor on March 29th, 2023. Meet Our Medical Editors

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