Facial wrinkles and folds are part of the aging process. As the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out, our faces start sagging and looking older. Fat grafting can be used to reverse the signs of aging and leave the face looking youthful and smooth.

What is fat grafting?

San Diego Fat GraftingFat grafting (also called fat transfer or multi-level fat grafting – FAMI) plumps up facial features with the patient’s own fat. FAMI is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure that is used to add volume to your face. First, the doctor will extract fat from a donor site somewhere in your lower body via liposuction and then use it to fill and contour your face. The results of fat transfers last longer than fillers, generally up to 3 years.

FAMI is used to treat the following facial areas:

  • Sunken area beneath the eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Jawline
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Forehead creases
  • Lips
  • Temples
  • Asymmetrical face

How is this treatment performed?

FAMI procedures are performed in our San Diego dermatology office on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe (liposuction cannula), fat is removed from a donor site where you have some excess. Once it is removed, it is then processed and prepared to be injected into your face. Using a needle, the fat is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle in the area you want to be treated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is a good candidate?

A:  This procedure is considered a good treatment option for patients who wish to reverse the visible signs of aging on their face. During a consultation, our doctors will assess your unique situation and help you decide which procedure is best for your personal needs.

Q: When will I see results?

A:  Results are effective immediately, with full results becoming visible within a couple of months of the procedure. The full results are not visible for a month or so because within the first few weeks following the treatment, your face will be swollen from the surgery, appearing more voluminous.

Q: How long do the results last?

A:  Results vary slightly from patient to patient. However, on average, they can last up to 3 years.

Q: What are the benefits as compared to filler injections?

A: One of the greatest benefits of FAMI is that there is no chance of an allergic reaction because you are using your own body’s natural substances to fill the face. Additionally, the results of fat grafting last longer than the results of fillers, which can make it a more cost effective procedure.

Q: How much downtime is required?

A: There is minimal downtime, because it is a minimally invasive procedure. Patients are able to get up and move around immediately after the injections.

Q: Are the injections painful?

A: There is little to no discomfort during the procedure because you will be under a local anesthetic. However, you may experience some tenderness around the donor and recipient sites for a few days after the procedure.

Q: What are the side effects?

A:  Side effects can include swelling and bruising around the treatment site. However, these should go away within a few days.

Q: How much does a treatment cost?

A: The average cost varies among patients, depending on how much fat needs to be removed and replaced. To find out how much your particular procedure will cost schedule a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists.

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Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at (858) 943-2113 for more information and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.

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