Fat Transfer to the Face or Facial Fat Transfer in Scottsdale
A facial fat transfer or fat grafting in Scottsdale is an option to augment the volume in targeted areas of your face using your own body fat. Facial fat grafting can be used to increase the volume in areas of your face that have deep lines, a sunken-in appearance, or a deflated look from aging or weight loss.
Fat transfers to the face or facial fat grafting are becoming increasingly more popular in Scottsdale because the results are natural and last longer than injectable fillers. If the appearance of your face makes you appear older or more tired than you really are, then fat grafting is a great option for facial rejuvenation.
As a top female plastic surgeon for fat transfers and fat grafting in Scottsdale, Dr. Ashley Howarth is known for her beautiful, natural results.
What is a Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer to the face or facial fat grafting in Scottsdale is a procedure to increase the volume in areas of your face or body, using your own fatty tissue. The fatty tissue, also called adipose tissue, is removed through a cannula from a donor site in your body in a process called liposuction. Although the donor site can be anywhere in the body with excess adipose tissue, typically fat is removed from the abdomen, hips, thighs, or back. Then the fat is transferred or grafted to the face or other areas of the body.
Facial fat grafting can improve the appearance throughout the face, especially in the forehead, eyebrows, eyelids, or cheeks. Fat grafting can also soften deep lines or creases, including marionette lines or nasolabial folds. Fat grafting can be used to add volume to the lips or jawline.
Choosing Your Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
Why select Dr. Howarth for your Facial Fat Grafting in Scottsdale?
Dr. Ashley Howarth is one of the most in-demand female plastic surgeons in Arizona for fat transfer and fat grafting procedures. She is known for her obsession to detail and helping her patients achieve beautiful, natural results.
After extensive training at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Howarth brings surgical expertise for fat grafting into a comfortable, private practice setting. Many patients come from Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Mesa seeking fat grafting specifically. However, sometimes a fat transfer is a recommended adjunct to other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty.
Popular Areas for Fat Transfer
Facial Fat Transfer
A facial fat transfer is an ideal choice for patients desiring a natural alternative to injectable facial fillers. Facial fat grafting can enhance and rejuvenate the face by adding volume to sunken-in areas. Eyebrows, cheeks, and lips can be enhanced with fat grafting. Deep lines and creases can be softened or eliminated with fat grafting. Deep rings in the under eyes making a patient look tired or prematurely aged can be treated with fat grafting.
Breast Fat Transfer
Patients considering a breast enhancement procedure may consider choosing a breast fast transfer, or a breast auto-augmentation. Rather than using saline or silicone breast implants, in an auto-augmentation with fat grafting, the patient’s natural fatty tissue is added to enhance the breasts. As a bonus, the patient benefits from liposuction in the waist, hips, and thighs to harvest the adipose tissue required for the fat transfer.
Brazilian Butt Lift
The buttocks can be augmented naturally with a fat transfer in a procedure called a brazilian butt lift. The brazilian butt lift (or BBL) is increasing in popularity due in recent years. In a butt lift, liposuction is used to remove a significant volume of fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and other areas. Then, the fat is transferred to the buttocks to create a more voluminous booty.
What to Expect with Dr. Howarth at your
Fat Grafting Consultation
What is the process for your fat transfer consultation in Scottsdale AZ?
To set up your fat transfer consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth, simply request an appointment. At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will discuss with you your concerns and reasons for desiring a fat transfer.
If you are discussing a facial fat grafting, Dr. Howarth will examine your face and discuss what outcomes are possible. She will also explain which donor sites can be used for your fat transfer. If you are interested in a fat transfer to the breasts, buttocks, or other areas of your body, Dr. Howarth will examine those areas and make recommendations for a surgical plan.
The consultation is your opportunity to learn about fat transfer and grafting, learn what to expect, and get answers to your questions.
How much does fat grafting cost in Scottsdale?
Each fat grafting procedure varies in its volume and extent, so we cannot provide an online estimate for how much fat grafting costs. For many patients, a facial fat transfer is a standalone procedure. For other patients, it is combined with another facial surgery like a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery. However, it is worth noting that facial fat grafting can cost less than the equivalent volume of injectable filler. Following your consultation appointment our financial coordinator will give an estimate for how much your fat transfer costs.
Fat Transfer Scottsdale Process
Am I a candidate for facial fat grafting?
To learn if you are a candidate for fat grafting, schedule your personal consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth. She will determine if you are a good candidate based on her examination, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goal outcomes.
Generally, a candidate for fat grafting should:
- Be in good overall health.
- Be at a stable weight.
- Desire to enhance their appearance using their own adipose tissue.
- Have sufficient fat available for transfer.
Dr. Howarth will help you know if you are a candidate for a fat transfer procedure and what you should expect.
What should I expect during my procedure?
Facial fat grafting is a procedure that can be performed under either local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure. When combined with a bigger procedure like a facelift, it will take place under general anesthesia. When just a few targeted areas on the face are grafted, then the procedure will be done in our office under local anesthesia.
Dr. Howarth will let you know in advance what to expect during the procedure. Also, when the procedure is done in-office under local, Dr. Howarth will walk you through the entire process as she is performing the procedure. In-office facial fat grafting can take one to two hours depending on the amount of fat being transferred.
What is recovery like after facial fat grafting?
The recovery following a fat transfer varies from patient to patient, depending largely on the volume of fat harvested and transferred. Expect bruising, soreness, and discomfort at the harvest site. Also, expect bruising, swelling, and discomfort at the transfer site.
During your consultation, Dr. Howarth will tell you how much bruising, swelling, and discomfort you can expect, and provide a specific pain management protocol. Additionally, Dr. Howarth’s team will review with you other post-operative care instructions to reduce swelling and bruising.
It is not uncommon to still have some swelling and bruising lingering up to two weeks. While results of the procedure will become apparent by six weeks, the lasting benefit will be observed at four to six months.