Fat Transfer

What is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, also referred to as fat grafting, is an advanced technique Dr. Lieberman, Dr. Parikh, and Dr. Curti use to add and restore facial volume. Fat transfer starts by harvesting fat cells from one area of the body using liposuction, processing the fat, and finally injecting it into areas of the face where volume loss is noticeable.

By adding volume to the face, the curvature of the face will become more pronounced and allow more light to be reflected. Adding fat back into the face will also even out skin tone and make the overall face appear more radiant.

Fat transfer is an effective procedure that requires a deep understanding of the underlying facial structures, as well as the principles of facial beauty. Only a handful of surgeons who specialize in facial reconstruction, such as Drs. Lieberman, Parikh, and Curti, are able to perform a fat transfer that achieves natural-looking results.

Request your consultation online or call (650) 407-2922 to learn more about what fat transfer can do for you or to schedule a consultation to see one of our facial plastic surgeons in the Bay Area in our Palo Alto or Los Gatos offices.

Fat Transfer
 Before & After Photos

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Case: 1 of 9
L&P Signature Facelift & Neck Lift
Natural Rejuvenation achieved with multiple procedures
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Natural Rejuvenation with Signature Lift

This patient had out L&P Signature Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift with tissue contouring, a lower blepharoplasty, a limited fat transfer, and a chin implant. Yes, that is a handful of procedures, but look at how natural her outcome is. We wanted to focus on maintaining volume while contouring deep tissues for a youthful appearance.&nbs... Read More
L&P Signature Facelift & Neck Lift with limited fat transfer
Dramatic result face and neck lift for Bay Area gentleman
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Bay Area gentleman transforms after L&P Signature Lift

We are performing our L&P Signature Facelift and Neck Lift on more men than ever. In this case Drs. Lieberman and Parikh combined it with tissue contouring and a fat transfer to strengthen his jawline and restore facial volume that is lost over time. He looks more youthful and his features are much more defined, but no one wou... Read More
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 115 Left Oblique View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
Before & After
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L&P Facelift & Neck Lift For Full Transformation

Before her surgery this patient felt more self conscious about her presentation. She is naturally such a kind, warm and friendly person. She told us that making the choice to undergo rejuvenation surgery not only changed the way she appears but has made a huge impact on the way she feels about herself.  Read More
before and after facelift
before and after
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L&P Signature Facelift & Neck Lift For Woman From San Carlos

This beautiful woman from San Carlos came to Drs. Lieberman and Parikh for full facial rejuvenation. She was concerned that she looked much older than she was, and she was suffering from low self-confidence because of it. Drs. Lieberman and Parikh performed their L&P Signature Facelift and Neck Lift along with a lip lift, upper... Read More
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 28 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Signature Facelift and Neck Lift for Lovely Woman

This lovely patient received a signature L&P Facelift and Neck Lift to achieve a more youthful look! She also had an upper and lower blepharoplasty, lip lift, fat transfer and chemical peel.
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 25 Right Oblique View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Facelift and Neck Lift

This beautiful San Francisco Bay Area woman came to Drs. Liberman and Parikh fearful of the aging process and seeking a refreshed look. She was particularly bothered by her eyelids and wrinkling througout the face. To correct these areas and enhance the patients natural beauty Drs. Liberman and Parikh performed a signature L&P Facelift an... Read More
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 23 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
Before & After
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Total Rejuvenation for South Bay Woman

This woman from the San Francisco South Bay received a facelift, necklift, chemical peel and browlift from Drs. Lieberman and Parikh. Only a few months after her surgery, she could not be more pleased with the total facial rejuvenation. The robust results look completely natural and have transformed her lifestyle and... Read More
Deep Plane Facelift for Woman in Her 60s
Amazing improvement in the lower face and neck post deep plane facelift and neck lift
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Perfect Procedure Combo for Anti-Aging

This 66 year old positive and energetic patient is just a joy to take care of. Looking at these before and after photos with her was so fun. 
She underwent:
- Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift with extended platysmaplasty and deep neck contouring
- Upper Blepharoplasty
- Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty
- Fat TransferRead More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is the Difference Between Fat Transfer and Dermal Fillers?

As we age, we lose volume in the face because of skeletal changes – our cheekbones and maxilla get smaller – and tissues changes – areas that once created heart-shaped contours begin to look gaunt. During your comprehensive aging face consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your face in thirds and its relative proportion to the golden ratio of beauty.

If the volume loss is relatively minor, our surgeons or our cosmetic nurse injectors will address this minor volume loss with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm®, Juvéderm XC®,  Voluma®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®. But if volume loss is substantial, especially in the older population, or if a patient desires a longer-lasting solution than dermal fillers, fat transfer is a more effective rejuvenation option.

How Is Fat Transfer Performed?

Performed under general anesthesia, fat transfer involves harvesting a small number of fat cells from the abdomen or inner thigh area and purifying these cells through a specialized Puregraft System to remove impurities from the nutrient-rich products. Since only a tiny amount of fat is removed from the donor area, fat grafting is not a procedure that can be used in place of CoolSculpting® or liposuction.

After harvesting the fat cells, our surgeons use blunt cannulas to inject the fat as little droplets into the necessary areas of the face–generally the jawline, under the eyes, and on the cheeks. Grafted fat has a much higher blood supply which helps the tissue survive in the new area, and the overall results are more refined.

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What Areas of the Face Can Benefit From Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is particularly effective when the fat is injected around the cheeks, eyes, and jawline where the aging process is most obvious. Fat can also be injected into the lips, eyebrows, or anywhere under the skin. These are common areas where fat transfer is often utilized for facial rejuvenation:

  • Marionette lines – frown lines
  • Temples – crow’s feet
  • Tear troughs
  • Malar areas – cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds – smile lines
  • Jawline
  • Acne scars and facial creases

Can Fat Transfer Be Used in Combination With Other Procedures?

Our facial plastic surgeons often perform fat transfer in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift, the L&P Lift, blepharoplasty and brow lift to enhance the overall results.

A  facelift alone will lift the skin but additional volume is often needed to restore the natural curvature of one’s face. Performing fat grafting during another operation not only produces more balanced results but is also more convenient for the patient than undergoing a separate procedure.

What Is the Recovery Like After Fat Transfer?

For 1 to 2 weeks after a fat transfer, you can expect to have some bruising and swelling in both the incision areas and transfer area and should plan on taking at least one week off from your regular activities. Some redness and irritation make also occur in the transfer area as the additional volume becomes incorporated into your body. Please stay out of the sun as much as possible and always cover the area with a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

We will send you home with a compression garment to wear over the harvest area for 1 to 2 weeks, and during that time you should avoid soaking the area in water.

In time, most patients see a noticeable difference in their facial contours and love the results of a fat transfer with our surgeons.

If you have any questions about fat transfer at L&P Aesthetics or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lieberman, Dr. Parikh, or Dr. Curti at our Palo Alto or Los Gatos offices, please give us a call at (650) 407-2922 or send us an email.

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