In our younger years, facial fat is distributed equally, giving the face a full and youthful appearance. As we age, however, the natural collagen and elastin in our bodies begin to break down, causing a dip in our skin to occur. Our skin starts to lose volume and fat, resulting in our faces looking hollow.
Many patients are delaying the aging process with the Fat Transfer Procedure to boost their confidence and rejuvenate their skin. During a Fat Transfer procedure (Fat Grafting), liposuction is applied to areas in the body with excess fat. The fat that is removed from these donor areas is purified and placed into small syringes, and then injected into areas of the face that may lack in volume.
With Fat Transfer, patients at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging will get the most natural-looking results by using their own body fat to volumize areas of their face.
The removal of excess skin and the tightening of the supporting structures of the lower face & neck will give you a more youthful, refreshed look, often times taking 10 years off your appearance with this very popular outpatient procedure!
About half of the transferred fat will be absorbed over the first 6 weeks after the procedure. The other half will be incorporated into your tissue & will last for years.
Patients who have lost facial fat and are experiencing a loss in volume in the face may be a good candidate for Fat Transfer. During a consultation appointment with our team at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging, your skin will be examined to see if fat transfer is a good option for you. Our surgeon will look to see how much excess fat can be spared from donor sites in the body to be used as injections in the face.
This will depend on the volume of fat you have lost, the areas to be treated and your goals for improvement. Most patients will require 2 fat transfer sessions.
The cost depends on how extensive your procedure will be. At your free consultation, our surgeon will take your goals, skin, and body type into consideration, when calculating the cost.
After adequate sedation, Dr. Vinas will make a 1 in. incision below your chin and incisions in front of (for men) and within the ear (for women), curving behind the ear a variable distance. Liposuction of the neck and jowls may be performed at the same time. The supporting structures of your neck & lower face will be tightened & your excess skin will be removed. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable suture material that will not need to be removed.
You will need to be off blood thinners and ensure that your blood pressure is well controlled. You may require medical clearance from your family doctor depending on your age & your health.
The Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging Patient Safety Program involves our patients, surgeon, nurses, staff, and patient families or other caregivers all working together toward a common goal: Assuring the safest possible surgical experience.
Steps to Ensure Your Safety
At Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging, your safety is our number one priority. To make sure that we do everything possible to maintain your safety, we have formalized our steps into The Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging Patient Safety Program which includes these elements:
We ask you to describe in detail any medical problems, medications you take, and any previous surgeries. This allows us to understand any special needs you may have.
We send anyone with questionable or known medical problems to see their primary care physician or any necessary specialists prior to recommending surgery.
Since all of our surgical patients have been deemed to be good candidates, it has proven to be quite safe for you to recover at home with contact from our providers.
We uphold the strictest hiring and educational criteria in our nursing staff to make certain you are well cared for by qualified staff before, and after your procedures.
To ensure our facility remains in compliance with State and National Safety Standards, we voluntarily employ the services of Universal Healthcare Consulting.
We perform your procedure in our state-of-the-art surgery center, which is fully certified by AAAHC to assure the highest standards in your care, medications, sterility, lightning and equipment.
We have the most modern monitoring and life-saving equipment on site. We maintain a binding transfer agreement with St Lucie Medical Center, should there be a need for hospital care following a procedure.
We provide detailed pre and post-operative teaching with written instructions to you, so you know what to expect before and after your procedure. We have 24-hour physician coverage.