Fat Transfer Specialist

Vatche B. Bardakjian, MD -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic Surgery Glendale

Vatche B. Bardakjian, MD

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon located in Glendale, CA

Fat transfer uses a patient's own fat cells to plump up skin and restore a firmer, more youthful appearance. As a top-rated cosmetic surgery practice in Glendale, CA, Cosmetic Surgery of Glendale is a leading provider of fat transfer techniques aimed at helping women and men reduce the appearance of sagging and wrinkling without the use of synthetics or surgery.

Fat Transfer Q & A

What is fat transfer?

Fat transfer uses fat cells derived from a patient's body to plump up areas where volume has been lost and fill in lines and wrinkles throughout the face and in other areas of the body, including the buttocks and the breasts. Because it uses tissue from the patient's body, fat transfer is not associated with risks of rejection or other side effects that can occur with synthetic filler materials. Fat is absorbed by the body over time without any ill effects, making it a preferred option for some patients who cannot or do not wish to receive synthetic filler products.

Where can fat transfer be performed in the face?

Fat transfer can be performed on multiple areas of the face, including the cheeks, nasolabial folds (the lines that extend from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and the area under the eyes. Fat transfer helps restore volume and plumpness in areas that have begun to appear sunken or “hollowed out,” as well as helping to define areas like the cheeks. Fat transfer in the cheeks can also help wrinkling and skin laxity by gently lifting skin in the areas around and below the cheeks.

Can fat transfer be used in areas other than the face?

Yes, fat transfer can also be used in breast augmentation and in butt lift surgeries to provide a natural alternative to saline and silicone implants and other synthetic products.

What happens during the fat transfer procedures?

During the transfer procedure, fat is extracted from another area of the body, very often the belly region or the thigh area, then processed and reinjected into the treatment site.

How long do fat transfers last?

The body will reabsorb some amount of fat over time, but much of the fat that is injected will remain at the treatment zone where it will be incorporated into the natural structure of the skin. Some studies have shown fat transfers can persist for a year or more. Touch-up procedures can be used to help maintain the results.