Fat Transfer vs Dermal Fillers

Published on January 21, 2019

As we age, the face often loses its youthful fullness. In large part, this is due to the fact that fat naturally decreases over time. A lack of facial fat makes way to loose and sagging skin. Less voluminous, the face appears gaunt and seemingly hollow. A small amount of well-positioned fat in your face can restore a youthful vibrancy and can help to define your facial features. Relatively simple and uniquely beneficial—facial fat transfer (or fat grafting) is a natural way to permanently restore facial volume.

Fat transfer also provides a number of other advantages, including:

Smooths fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other types of skin depressions
Augments volume-deficient areas like the temples, cheeks, and lips
Long-lasting, natural-looking results
Little to no scarring in the treated facial areas

Whether it be our stomach, love handles, buttocks, or thighs—every one of us has a stubborn area that we are not pleased with. Through liposuction, fat is harvested from a troublesome area, creating a slimmer, and more sculpted look. The liposuctioned fat is then treated to remove impurities before being injected into the facial area.

Similar to dermal fillers—facial fat transfer restores volume to the face. While injectable treatments are a wonderful to temporarily restore lost volume, they are just that, a short-term solution. The results from facial fat transfer can last considerably longer, and in many cases, offer a permanent rejuvenation. As a long-lasting solution, facial fat transfer can be considerably more cost effective than repeat injections of dermal fillers.

As you are replacing “like with like”—in this case, fat with fat—facial fat transfer can give you the most natural results. When done successfully, the injected fat establishes a new blood supply from your body. This helps to not only give your face a natural fullness, but also have a natural feel. By harvesting fat, you also greatly reduce the chance of an allergic reaction as no foreign substance enters your body.

Dr. Raymond Lee is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in facial rejuvenation under local anesthesia. He has been practicing in Orange County for the past 12 years, and has performed over 4000 facial rejuvenation procedures under light anesthesia.

Dr. Lee wants you to “Experience Beauty, the most natural way”, and does not believe in the old traditional facelift. Over the course of his career, he has mastered the art and science of facial rejuvenation with natural results, minimal sedation, and easy recovery. His signature “FACEology LIFT” (face and neck lift alternative) is the embodiment of all these elements and is what he is widely sought out for in Orange County.


Newport Beach  PH. 949 706 2277

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