Gravity eventually takes its toll on everyone. The exploding popularity of dermal fillers can attest to that. Mid-face volume loss is one of the most common signs of aging, with hollowed cheeks, deepening nasolabial folds or marionette lines, and undereye bags. The Lanfranchi Center has something better than dermal fillers to help you restore your lost facial volume.
How Does Facial Fat Transfer Work?
Sure, dermal fillers are great, and they have a lot of versatility in treatment options, but they don’t have the one thing facial fat transfer has: longevity. Dermal fillers are eventually absorbed by the body, whereas fat cells—harvested from a donor site on your body, like the thighs or abdomen—are only absorbed if the cells are damaged or dead. This simple procedure takes excess fat from one area, purifies it, and transfers it to areas of your face that have lost volume. Facial fat transfer fills in under eye and cheek hollows, rounds out the apples of your cheeks or fills gauntness around the temples. It can also fill in deepening lines around your mouth and nose, preserving youthful contours for years to come.
After local anesthesia is applied to the donor site, your fat is harvested through a tiny incision that requires only one stitch to close. The donor tissue is placed in a centrifuge to separate the fat’s components. Using only the purest tissue, the fat is inserted through an even smaller cannula into the affected areas of the face. Dr. Paul Lanfranchi uses his artistry and precision to sculpt the tissue for effortlessly natural results. Because the cells have the potential to connect with your blood supply and your body doesn’t reject the cells, you may go years or longer without needing a follow-up procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates have a significant amount of fat to harvest from a donor area such as the hips, thighs, abdomen, or flanks. Because you’re transferring your own tissues, the chance for rejection is negligible. Schedule a consultation with The Lanfranchi Center to learn more.
What’s the Procedure and Recovery Like?
The fat transfer procedure itself is minimally invasive, with tiny incisions and only local anesthetic required. The donor tissue is contoured to most efficiently provide plumpness and structure to the areas of your face where volume has been lost. Recovery is relatively fast at about two weeks, which is longer than a standard dermal filler appointment, but the longevity of the results may make it worth the extra effort. Up to a third of all patients at The Lanfranchi Center add a facial fat transfer to a facelift or other procedure to enhance their overall results.
What Results Will I See?
Your face’s new contours should be immediately visible, though they may be disguised for a day or two by swelling and bruising. Unlike dermal fillers, which need repeating every 6-18 months, facial fat transfer can last years. If the fat cells successfully reestablish blood supply, your results may remain for a lifetime. No maintenance sessions, no fluctuating volume, and no prolonged financial commitment. Just you, beautiful and young once more!
Take The First Step – Request A Consultation
Ready to learn more about facial fat transfers? The first step is to come in for an in-person consultation with Dr. Lanfranchi. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our office directly at 702-929-3880 during normal business hours (please leave a message if we are unable to answer). The Lanfranchi Center serves the Las Vegas and Henderson, NV areas.