Facial Fat Transfer

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Facial features such as cheeks and lips that have lost volume due to aging or are naturally flat or thin can be augmented surgically with a fat transfer in Philadelphia. Dr. Ho will perform a safe and gentle technique to harvest fat from another part of your body and transfer it to your face to create a more defined, youthful appearance. This process is also known as facial fat grafting.

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“I perform each fat transfer procedure in an artistic manner according to the anatomic features and surgical goals of the individual patient.” ​- Dr. Tina Ho

What is a Fat Transfer?

Fat-TransferFat transfer refers to the procedure of harvesting fat from one area of the body and injecting into another area. With aging, soft tissue and fat atrophy as well as bony resorption contribute to loss of volume and definition in the face. Gravity forces induce skin and soft tissue descent, leading to the formation and deepening of facial creases such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Fat transfer is a common treatment option for patients seeking to restore volume and shape to certain areas of the face including the temples, under eye areas, cheeks, and lips as well as to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Fat transfer may be performed alone or in conjunction with other aging face procedures.

This procedure requires the expertise of a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face and understands facial anatomy well. Dr. Ho specializes in fat transfer and performs each procedure in an artistic manner according to the anatomic features and surgical goals of the individual patient.

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Fat Transfer?

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho distinguishes herself as a face specialist. She possesses dedicated training in aging face procedures including extensive experience in fat transfer from one of the top facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Ho is sought out for her facial fat transfer expertise by patients in Philadelphia and Newtown as well as from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Dr. Ho dedicates ample time and counseling with every patient to select the best surgical plan that meets their expectations. In her approach to fat transfer, Dr. Ho injects the areas to be treated with slightly more volume than needed given the fact that not all fat transferred to the face will survive in the long run. She typically creates small incisions that heal well with minimal scarring and harvests fat from the thighs or abdomen.

Her surgical technique for facial fat grafting focuses on creating a natural, more youthful-appearing result that is tailored to each patient’s unique facial features. In addition, Dr. Ho often performs laser skin resurfacing in conjunction with fat transfer to improve skin tone and texture and further enhance a patient’s rejuvenated appearance.

What should patients expect after Fat Transfer?

Each fat transfer procedure is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the extent of swelling, bruising, and tenderness that occur after surgery will vary by patient. Every fat transfer patient will follow up with Dr. Ho within one week after surgery for a post-operative check. Each patient will then follow up again at weeks to months out at regular intervals for re-evaluation. The downtime for fat transfer alone is usually minimal; most patients can return to normal daily activities apart from heavy lifting, straining, and strenuous activity the day after surgery.

Patients should expect immediate bruising and swelling in the face after surgery that can be managed well with icing and head elevation during recovery. These will typically resolve by one month out from surgery. Any bruising or swelling in the donor site areas can be treated in similar fashion. Post-operative pain is usually mild and managed well with prescribed pain medication.

Improvement in the appearance of the face is observed as soon as after most of the bruising and swelling has subsided. Dr. Ho seeks regular follow-up with her patients to ensure that every patient heals well and is satisfied with their surgical outcome.

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Dr. Ho is great and I am so happy to have a talented female plastic surgeon in Philly. She spent plenty of time with me, answering my questions and following up as much as I needed after my procedure. Highly recommend.
Aziza Jadallah

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What are other surgical procedures that are routinely performed with Fat Transfer?

It is common for other procedures to be performed at the same time as a facial fat transfer, depending on the patient’s anatomic issues and surgical goals. They include but are not limited to the following: facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, and laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Ho is experienced in a wide range of aging face procedures and will thoroughly evaluate each patient and discuss with them whether they would benefit from additional procedures.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Fat Transfer compared to filler injection?

Fat fat grafting is an appealing treatment option as it utilizes a patient’s own cells for rejuvenation. In contrast to filler injections, fat transfer yields more permanent results and often does not need to be repeated over time to maintain the results. Therefore, this procedure may be considered advantageous from a cost benefit analysis. On the other hand, the survival of transferred fat is unpredictable. Fat cell loss will occur within the first six months after the procedure before the treatment results start to stabilize and appear more permanent. Dr. Ho is experienced in both fat transfer and filler injections and will discuss with each patient the best treatment options that meet their aesthetic concerns and goals.

What is the Cost of a Facial Fat Transfer?

The average cost of a facial fat transfer by Dr. Tina Ho is $3,000. This price may be significantly less if combined with other procedures at time of surgery such as facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, and laser resurfacing. It will be less if only treating a few focal areas.

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Dr. Tina Ho will be happy to tell you more about getting a fat transfer in Philadelphia during a personalized consultation. Schedule an appointment for a consultation by contacting our office today.

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