Fat cells are harvested from a donor area, such as love handles, buttocks, or thighs. The cells are then purified and injected to enhance various facial areas. This procedure requires specialized techniques to ensure the greatest number of fat cells are viable after transfer.

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The ideal filler could be your own fat cells

Rather than injecting synthetic dermal fillers, at Moradi MD, we offer our patients the option to enhance their facial appearance by transferring fat cells. Fat transfer can restore lost volume or add volume to specific facial areas. Adipose (fat) cells have a high volume of stem cells that, when transferred, have a regenerative effect on skin quality. 

Why choose Moradi MD for natural fat transfer?

Dr. Moradi has established a state-of-the-art practice dedicated to enhancing your beauty through the science and art of facial rejuvenation. One of the leading clinics for facial fat transfer, Moradi MD is also one of the busiest clinical research centers in the country. This allows patients access to some of the most advanced techniques and technologies available worldwide. 

The center is deeply involved in advancing the frontiers of cosmetic science through innovation. Dr. Moradi and his team of board-certified professionals are focused on helping patients look better and feel better about themselves. Moradi MD is recognized as one of the best overall medical aesthetic centers in the United States.

How does natural fat transfer work?

Fat transfer is a three-step process:

  • Step one: Fat is harvested from an area of the body with an excess. The donor area is numbed with local anesthesia, and gentle liposuction is performed to ensure the fewest cells are damaged when extracted. The donor areas are typically the love handles, abdomen, or thighs.
  • Step two: The fat cells are cleansed and purified to remove any excess fluid, debris, or dead cells.
  • Step three: The purified fat cells are meticulously injected, droplet by droplet, into the facial area to be restored.

During the injection process, the area is gently massaged to help the cells become integrated into the natural tissues. 

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What areas of the face can benefit from fat transfer?

Several aesthetic issues can be treated with this natural option:

  • Hollowed areas (under the eyes, temples)
  • Wrinkles (nasolabial folds)
  • Lost cheek volume
  • Thinning or depleted lips
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What is the procedure like to experience?

Facial fat transfer is an outpatient procedure. For comfort, the donor area is numbed with anesthesia, and a tiny incision is placed, through which excess fat cells are removed. You will not experience any pain or discomfort during the fat extraction process and will rest comfortably on a treatment bed. The fat extraction process brings an added benefit, sculpting away excess body fat. You will wait a few minutes while the fat cells are purified. 

The area of the face to be treated is numbed in preparation for the injections. The fat cells are loaded into a syringe and then injected to enhance lips, facial volume, smooth wrinkles and creases, or restore volume. Depending on the number of areas to be treated, the procedure may require between one to two hours. 

What is the recovery time?

After your procedure is complete, you can return home. You will need to plan for a week to ten days off so that any facial swelling and bruising can subside. You will have prescription pain medication to stay comfortable for the first few days. You can apply cold compresses to help reduce swelling. In most cases, discomfort is minor, and recovery is uneventful. The donor area will be protected with a compression garment.

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Fat transfer FAQ

How long will the results last?

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What can facial fat transfer treat?

How long will the results last?

As the fat cells become part of your natural tissues, the results are long-lasting. Our highly skilled plastic surgeon uses specialized techniques, layering the fat in a manner that enhances cell survival.

How many sessions will I need?

Most facial enhancements with fat transfer are completed in one appointment, but some may require a second session.

What can facial fat transfer treat?

Facial fat transfer can be performed to restore lost volume beneath the eyes, smooth etched-in facial lines, smooth the appearance of facial scars (from trauma, surgery, or acne), or add volume to the cheeks or lips.

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Meet with us at Moradi MD to learn more about facial fat transfer

We serve the communities of Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas, San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, and Del Mar.

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