Autologous fat transplantation, fat transfer, is the process of extracting fat from one’s own body (using liposuction techniques) and using this fat as filler for treating wrinkles, adding volume for facial and hand rejuvenation, and buttock augmentation. Fat transferred in this manner can be considered an ideal filler material for many reasons. First, fat as a filler is very safe since it comes from your own body. Second, the fat injected becomes living tissue and provides a permanent natural result.
Like other fillers, fat injections work by adding volume to restore depleted areas of the body and to fill wrinkles. Unlike all other fillers, the injected fat cells are nourished by the body and become living permanent tissue. Fat transfer is not a replacement for other procedures like facelifts. For instance patients with loose skin and sagging tissues will need a facelift but fat injections can be used at the same time to add volume, if necessary, providing a better result. Chemical or laser resurfacing can be added as well to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Dr. Hovsepian is a specialist that has a broad understanding of the full range of advanced treatments available from surgical procedures to fillers and skin resurfacing. After a thorough evaluation and an understanding of your goals, Dr. Hovsepian can determine what combinations of treatments are right for you.
A safe, natural tissue filler, fat transfer can be used anywhere in the body. For facial rejuvenation, fat injections are used to fill various lines like those from the nose to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial folds) or provide volume to sunken cheeks or depressions below the eyes. Fat can also be used for lip augmentation. Other than the face, fat is also used for hand rejuvenation, buttock augmentation, and filling in various contour deformities. Examples of these include deep scars, indentations, and other forms of traumatic tissue loss. Learn more about how Dr. Hovsepian’s utilizing fat transfer techniques can support you in meeting your facial aesthetic goals when you request your consultation online or by telephone.
Trusted among patients for his refined aesthetic sense and high standards of surgical accuracy, Dr. Hovsepian has a passion for achieving aesthetically pleasing results for every patient, from "straightforward" cases to some of the most challenging ones. In your facial aesthetic consultation he will listen to your enhancement desires, take into account your concerns and develop a surgical plan customized to your unique needs.
Prior to your facial aesthetic procedure, Dr. Hovsepian and his experienced team will meet with you to answer any questions you may have, and make sure you understand your procedure and recovery thoroughly. Safety, privacy, comfort, and excellence in treatment with trusting compassionate care is the assurance of Dr. Hovsepian’s patient experience.
Before coming into the Beverly Hills or Newport Beach surgery center, you will need to begin fasting 8 hours prior to your procedure, which means you cannot eat or drink anything at all during this period, including chewing gum or drinking water. If you have been instructed by Dr. Hovsepian to take any medications in the morning, it is permitted with a few sips of water.
Facial aesthetic surgery utilizing fat transfer is usually performed under general anesthesia which means you will be asleep and feel nothing during surgery. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, but some patients prefer an overnight stay. Out-of-town patients may stay in a near-by aftercare facility or hotel, where a "private duty" nurse is available. The length of surgery depends on how many areas will be focused on during the procedure. Afterward, you will return to your home, aftercare facility or hotel conveniently located a short distance from the surgical center.
A highly experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Hovsepian’s goal is to provide you with the best possible care while utilizing the most innovative advancements in plastic surgery to help you reach your enhancement goals. Contact Dr. Hovsepian in his Beverly Hills or Newport Beach office to discuss how he can support you in achieving your goals, request your consultation online or by telephone.