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Fat Transfer the PROFILES Way

Written by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman 01/13/20

Fat transfer has quickly become one of the most sought after non-invasive treatments available for facial rejuvenation, especially for the treatment of dark circles and hollows under the eyes. Fat is plentiful, easy to harvest, and because it is your own tissue, there is no need to worry about your body having a negative reaction to the treated area or excessive swelling.

In the early days of fat transplantation, several factors prevented it from being accepted as an ideal procedure such as:

  • Fat cell survival was unpredictable, making it hard to know how much would last for any given patient
  • Occasional areas of lumpiness could occur because of rudimentary injection techniques

In an effort to improve the predictability of results and to substantially increase the chances of the treated area resulting in a smooth and attractive appearance, expert Los Angeles and Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeons Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner have researched and refined the latest techniques in extraction, handling, processing, and reinjection of harvested fat.

Our surgeons use a state of the art system known as “water-assisted liposuction” (WAL) that allows them to harvest the fat with far less trauma to the fat cells, thus providing patients with a beautiful and permanent result.

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Fat Transfer for Treatment of Sunken, Hollow Eyes, Dark Circles and Fine Lines

Fat grafting or fat transfer offers an innovative solution for treating eyelid hollowness that may have always been present or caused by fat loss from prior cosmetic eye surgery, aging, or significant weight loss.

The presence of under-eye shadows is a frequent complaint that comes with aging. This is due to a combination of fat and bone loss around the eyes and sagging of the upper cheek. Sometimes, it is an inherited trait that we see in relatively young patients. By filling in the shadow within the tear trough (under the eyes), fat grafting can make an extraordinary difference in rejuvenating the look around the eyes.

Fat grafting can be combined with treatments for other common causes of dark under-eye circles, including excessive skin pigment in this area. Depending on your unique situation, Drs. Solieman and Litner may prescribe bleaching creams, laser treatments, or other skincare solutions which can be combined with fat grafting to allow for even greater improvement.

Fat Grafting VS Temporary Fillers Such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or Radiesse

You may be wondering when it makes sense to use temporary fillers as opposed to fat transfer. The answer is largely dependent on your particular goals and the areas you are seeking to improve. In general, if you are seeking a more long-term result and more complete volume replacement, then a fat transfer is usually cheaper over the long-term while providing fantastic results.

For instance, if you are looking to treat nasolabial folds (laugh lines), dark circles or hollows under the eyes and cheek area, or ‘marionette lines’ around the mouth (which make your smile appear downturned), then a fat transfer is indeed an excellent option for you. Compared to injections of temporary fillers, fat transfer is more cost-effective over the long-term since much of the fat lasts in the area for years to come. For fillers to provide a similar solution, you would need multiple syringes to be administered in various treatments in order to accomplish the same goals. The only drawback to fat transfer over temporary filler injections is the slightly greater downtime associated with it due to swelling, and the need for some sedation during the procedure.

On the other hand, if you are interested in targeting just one area of the face, such as laugh lines that are beginning to show, or if you are looking to get lip augmentation, Drs. Litner and Solieman have helped their patients achieve tremendous results with temporary fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane. While the results are not permanent (for example, laugh line improvement will last up to a year while lip augmentation will last for about 6 months), the correction is very natural and does not require any downtime.

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Female face, before Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 1Female face, after Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 1BeforeAfter
Female face, before Fat Grafting treatment, right side view, patient 1Female face, after Fat Grafting treatment, right side view, patient 1BeforeAfter

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Female face - before Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 1Female face - after Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 1
Female face - before Fat Grafting treatment, right side view, patient 1Female face - after Fat Grafting treatment, right side view, patient 1

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PROFILES Beverly Hills Water-Assisted Liposuction (WAL)

Beverly Hills PROFILES’ WAL technique allows top cosmetic surgeons Drs. Litner and Solieman to gently dislodge fat clusters and rinse them out of the harvest site using a pressurized water system. Simultaneous low-pressure suction removes the fat, offering smoother results and minimal downtime.

The system gently transfers the aspirated fat into a collector, which has a variety of filters to help separate viable fat cells from the surrounding thick, fibrous material that can be a source of lumpiness. What remains is pure, transferable autologous fat, including pre-adipocyte and mature adipocyte populations (mature fat cells). The transfer of these fat cells provides the best chance at long-term results.

Male face, before Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 1Male face, after Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 1BeforeAfter
Male face, before Fat Grafting treatment, Left side view, patient 1Male face, after Fat Grafting treatment, Left side view, patient 1BeforeAfter

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Male face - before Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 2Male face - after Fat Grafting treatment, front view, patient 2
Male face - before Fat Grafting treatment, Left side view, patient 2Male face - after Fat Grafting treatment, Left side view, patient 2

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Potential Risks and Temporary Side-Effects of Fat Transfers

Some of the potential risks and temporary side effects of fat transfers include:

  • Numbness and bruising during the recovery
  • Temporary scarring
  • Loss of volume in the treated area

Drs. Litner and Solieman examine each patient to determine if the procedure will help you achieve your goals. Furthermore, they make sure to do everything in their power to keep risks to a minimum.

How Does Fat Transfer by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman Differ from Other Laser or Ultrasound-Assisted Procedures?

Fat cell clusters have been compared to grapes on a vine. The old technique of suctioning fat cells by hand and processing them by spinning them down in a centrifuge caused excessive trauma to the fat cells, often rupturing many of them and decreasing the number of viable fat cells harvested. In addition, while laser or ultrasound-assisted techniques use energy to rupture the fat cells, thereby releasing liquid fat for easy aspiration, there is often some leftover tissue debris that causes more swelling during the natural healing process.

The innovative WAL system allows Drs. Litner and Solieman to actually knock the “grapes off the vine” while leaving the surrounding structures intact. A system of filters additionally washes and separates the extracted fat from connective tissue, allowing for a smooth, lump-free injection of virtually pure transferable intact fat cells. These intact cells can gain new blood supply and survive permanently as part of your natural facial fat pads so that the grapes can continue to ‘bear fruit’.

What Happens to Injected Fat Cells if You Lose Weight?

Once you undergo Beverly Hills PROFILES’ fat transfer procedure, the absolute number of surviving transplanted fat cells should be stable for life. However, if you lose significant weight (more than 10 to 15% of body weight) you will probably find some normal volume loss in this area along with the rest of your face.

Are Fat Transfer Results Permanent?

Fat transfer performed by Los Angeles double board-certified surgeons Drs. Litner and Solieman of Beverly Hills PROFILES can result in a permanent change in the treated area. When fat is transferred to facial areas such as the cheeks and nasolabial folds (laugh lines), long-term rejuvenation can occur.

It is important to note that even when using the most advanced techniques such as WAL, not all fat cells survive the transfer procedure. However, when a careful technique is used, expert cosmetic surgeons Drs. Litner and Solieman have found that over 70% of the fat survives long-term under the eyes, while in the nasolabial folds the results are closer to 50%. This is due to more muscle activity in the nasolabial folds area. The bottom line for our patients is a reliable, successful volume enhancement that provides a smooth and natural rejuvenation around the eyes.

To learn more about the fat transfer procedure available at Beverly Hills PROFILES, contact us and book an appointment today.

FAQs

  • How are fat transfers done?

    There are many different ways to extract fat and redistribute it to the face. Drs. Litner and Solieman use state of the art equipment that helps them extract the fat cells with less trauma than with conventional methods, making their fat transfer procedure particularly effective.

  • How long does a fat transfer take?

    Fat transfer is a versatile procedure that can be treated to address different parts of the face. Drs. Litner and Solieman can harvest fat from different sources, which also affects the time it takes to complete the procedure. To get an accurate time estimate, contact PROFILES and book a consultation today.

  • What are the side-effects of fat transfer?

    Potential side-effects of fat transfers include:

    • Poor wound healing
    • Risks related to anesthesia
    • Hematomas
  • What is the average cost of fat transfer?

    The average cost of a fat transfer will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s expertise, and your location. If you want to get an accurate estimate, get in touch with a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in your area and book a consultation.

  • Does fat grafting leave scars?

    Fat transfer may leave visible scars, but these are temporary and tend to fade completely with the passing of time. Drs. Litner and Solieman take steps to minimize the chances of visible scarring in order to produce the best results for their patients.

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