Beverly Hills Fat Injections
Natural Face & Body Contouring
Aging, significant weight loss and environmental factors can all contribute
to a loss of facial volume over time and to issues of sagging skin in
various regions of the body. Facial fullness and roundness are often associated
with a youthful appearance, and the loss of volume can result in an aged,
sad or even angry appearance. Facial volume loss generally occurs in the
cheeks, nasolabial folds, eyes, and temple regions, and is most noticeable
after the age of 40, although some individuals begin noticing this change
in their 30s.
Restoring a fuller, more youthful facial appearance cannot be successfully
accomplished through the use of facial creams or other over-the-counter
remedies. Effective restoration of facial volume is best accomplished
through the use of autologous fat injections, performed by a skillful
and experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Joubin Gabbay, M.D.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gabbay is highly experienced utilizing autologous
fat injections (also known as liposculpture, micro-lipoinjection, fat
grafting, structural fat grafting and free-fat transfer) to resolve the
problematic issues of facial volume loss and sagging skin for his patients,
revitalizing their facial appearance, and enabling them to turn back the
hands of time with this procedure.
Options for Fat Injections in Beverly Hills
Fat injection procedures involve the utilizing liposuction for the removal
of excess fat from donor sites on the body (such as the abdomen, flanks,
hips, or thighs), preparing and treating the autologous fat, and then
re-injecting it into the areas of the face and body that are lacking volume
and fullness. Utilizing autologous fat injections for facial and body
volume restoration purposes is one of the most exciting and cutting-edge
developments in the field of aesthetic surgery over the past few years.
There is some evidence that such injections not only restore and enhance
volume and shape to the face or other areas of the body but may even improve
the skin in the areas injected. Volume restoration procedures have continued
to rise in popularity, and are considered a key weapon in the battle to
combat visible signs of aging – Particularly for patients in Los
Angeles and Southern California.
Autologous fat injections can be utilized in a multitude of volume restoration
and facial rejuvenation procedures, including:
- Face Augmentation (Cheeks, Nasolabial folds, Tear Troughs, Temples, etc.)
- Chin Augmentation
- Lip Augmentation
- Correction of Skin Depressions, Sub-dermal Attachments, and Scars
- Hand Rejuvenation
- Buttock Rejuvenation
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gabbay offers autologous fat injections
to sculpt and revitalize your face and body, restoring volume to the areas
which require it, and resulting in a naturally-youthful and refreshed
appearance. If you would like additional information about autologous
fat injections, please contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery today.
Your Facial Features
The natural facial volume loss that occurs as we age can change the appearance
of the face significantly. Fat injections are a simple means of restoring
lost volume to the facial contours, thereby rejuvenating the entire facial
appearance. Fat injections can be used to treat volume loss around the
eyes, brow, lips, mouth, nasolabial folds, hands, buttocks and cheeks.
The soft tissues that overlay the bony framework of the face and body are
comprised of three layers:
Deep Tissue Layer: The deepest tissue layer consists of muscles that are responsible for
facial expression. All of the movements of your face are due to contraction
of these muscles, and when they lose tone during the aging process, stretching
and sagging occurs.
The Middle Tissue Layer: The fatty middle layer lies between the muscular layer and the skin.
During one’s youth, facial fat is evenly distributed throughout
the face; however, with age, gravity pulls the fat down, causing it to
accumulate in the jowl area and under the chin, leaving a hollowness in
the cheek region.
The Outermost Tissue Layer: The skin is the outermost tissue layer, and as we age, the skin loses
elasticity, causing the formation of wrinkles, folds, lines, and creases.
Are Fat Injections Right for You?
Fat injections are useful for treating the aesthetic problems caused by
facial volume loss and the breakdown of collagen and elasticity.
Some of the visible signs of aging that can be treated with fat injections include:
- Brow furrowing
- Deepening upper and lower eyelids
- Loss of support of the outer angles of the eyes
- Scleral show (excessive show of the white of the eye)
- Fat herniation under the lower lids
- Malar (cheekbone) groove depression
- Malar sagging and drooping
- Nasojugal groove (depression of the inner lower eyelid)
- Deepening of the nasolabial folds and grooves
- Drooping at the corners of the mouth (Marionette Lines)
- Softening of the jawline
- Formation of jowls
- Loss of lower lip volume
- Flattening of upper lip due to volume loss
- Creases in the chin
- Aging hands
- Drooping/sagging buttocks
- Flat or small buttocks
If you would like to correct any of the aforementioned cosmetic issues,
you may be a good candidate for fat injections, which offer a number of
- Permanent results
- Outpatient procedure
- Because the fat used in the injections comes from your own body, there
is no potential for an allergic reaction
- Minimal discomfort during the treatment
- Good option for individuals who are allergic to bovine collagen
- Can be used in conjunction with other synthetic facial fillers, such as
Juvederm®, Restylane® or Radiesse®
About the Procedure
Facial fat injection is a procedure that uses the patient’s own fat
to treat facial volume loss in. The injected fat will not move or shift
because it becomes incorporated as living tissue. Fat injections can offer
permanent or long-term results and require minimal post-treatment downtime.
Fat injection treatment steps include:
Anesthesia: anesthetic options include: oral sedative, injections of sterile saline,
Lidocaine, light IV sedation (Twilight), and/or a local anesthetic.
Fat Removal: the patient’s own fat is extracted (usually from the abdomen, inner
knee, thigh, saddlebags, or hip) with a small hypodermic needle or a special
cannula with limited suction. Whole, healthy fat cells produce optimal
re-implantation results, which is why Dr. Gabbay manually aspirates the
fat using a gentle hand-harvesting method that will not compromise the
quality of the transplanted fat.
Fat Purification: the extracted fat must be spun in a centrifuge to extract excess fluids
and to separate the damaged cells, leaving only whole, intact fat cells
for re-injection. In some cases, other ingredients are added to increase
the longevity of the treatment (ie. vitamin C, serum albumin).
Fat Re-implantation: using a separate, smaller hypodermic needle, the purified fat is slowly
injected thru tiny skin incisions into the tissue of the recipient site
using a micro-droplet technique to ensure smooth results.
Your Recovery Process
Following the fat injection procedure, you may experience mild to moderate
bruising and swelling, the majority of which will subside within 24-48
hours. Restricting movement in the treated area for the first 3-5 days
will give the newly injected fat cells a better chance of surviving. Within
one week you will notice visible results from your fat injection treatment,
and these results can be permanent. Some of the potential although rare
complications of facial fat injections include adverse reaction to anesthesia,
facial asymmetry, hematoma, infection, bleeding, swelling, bruising, fat
necrosis, fatty cysts, blood clots at the treatment sites, and development
of scar tissue.
Call Gabbay Plastic Surgery today at (310) 928-2558 to schedule your
consultation with a member of our team!