Facial Fat Graft in Palm Beach, FL | Dr. Justin Bellamy
There’s no escaping the effects of aging. Facial fat graft surgery can help diminish the effects of wrinkles and lost volume, while also addressing pockets of stubborn fat. With soft, natural-looking results, facial fat graft surgery helps you restore your appearance and renew your confidence.
With precision and artistry, Dr. Justin Bellamy is a board-certified Palm Beach plastic surgeon who aims to help you achieve your aesthetic goals through quality surgical care. With extensive academic training, distinguished expertise, and a patient-first approach, many patients from across the country seek Dr. Bellamy’s advice, making him your choice as the best facial fat graft surgeon in Palm Beach.
What Is Facial Fat Graft Surgery?
Facial fat graft surgery goes by many names – fat transfer, micro-lipoinjection, facial fat rejuvenation, autologous fat transfer, or fat injection. This unique procedure uses undesirable fat from within the body to create a more youthful facial appearance and correct concerns like scars.
The procedure involves harvesting unwanted fat from an area of the body with liposuction and transferring it to the face to restore lost volume. Donor areas include your:
Dr. Bellamy then processes the extracted fat to remove damaged cells. He grafts the remaining undamaged fat cells into the targeted areas of concern.
The grafted fat must establish a healthy blood supply following a facial fat graft. As such, not all grafted fat will survive the process. About 60%-80% of the transferred fat will survive, which means sometimes additional treatments may be necessary to accomplish desired results.
While the healing process for facial fat grafts is longer than that of dermal fillers, the results typically last for years longer than dermal fillers.
Facial fat grafts result in a more youthful appearance by addressing the signs of aging and improving the appearance of scars. Often, facial fat grafts:
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Dr. Justin Bellamy uses his esteemed education, cutting-edge techniques, and state-of-the-art medical equipment to create customized treatment plans to meet his patients’ needs and expectations. He has published over thirty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is a thought-leader in the field of plastic surgery. Trust Dr. Bellamy for a comprehensive and modern plastic surgery experience.
Your Facial Fat Graft Surgery Consultation
Dr. Bellamy will focus on your concerns about your facial features, goals, and your ideal outcome. Then, Dr. Bellamy will discuss the details, risks, and benefits of the procedure, then he will give his honest recommendations about anatomically accomplishable results.
During your consultation, Dr. Bellamy will conduct a thorough examination, including assessment of:
Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Palm Beach Facial Fat Graft?
Ideal candidates for facial fat graft surgery are non-smokers who are generally healthy and looking to improve the signs of aging and volume loss in the face. They’re seeking long-lasting facial rejuvenation and a more youthful appearance. These patients are near their ideal weight but may also be looking to reduce stubborn fat pockets.
Dr. Bellamy recommends facial fat graft candidates should:
As facial fat graft surgery and liposuction are body contouring procedures rather than weight loss procedures, they will not result in significant weight loss.
What Can I Expect During a Facial Fat Graft?
While each Palm Beach facial fat graft procedure will be unique, Dr. Bellamy specifically customizes each procedure to achieve optimal results for each patient. Here are some general steps to expect.
Dr. Bellamy performs all surgeries in our facilities that have two state-of-the-art, fully certified AAAASF operating rooms.
On the day of surgery, our nursing staff will greet you, then review your procedural plan with Dr. Bellamy. He will answer any last-minute questions and make surgical makings before Dr. Bellamy begins your facial fat graft surgery.
Preparing for Your Facial Fat Graft Procedure
In the weeks before your surgery, Dr. Bellamy advises maintaining a healthy, high-protein, low-salt diet. During this time, you will need to stop taking medications that contain aspirin and most herbal supplements, especially those containing garlic, fish oil, or zinc, as these can cause additional bleeding or bruising.
For at least four weeks before and after your fat graft procedure, smoking, vaping, or any other nicotine products are strictly off-limits. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and affects the body’s ability to heal itself, potentially impacting your recovery and results.
While facial fat grafts can help restore lost volume and address fine lines and wrinkles, enhancing your skin’s appearance is also essential to your optimal outcome. Dr. Bellamy may also recommend laser skin resurfacing, Morpheus8 skin tightening, or intense pulsed light skin rejuvenation treatments for optimal results.
Facial Fat Graft Procedure and Recovery
Your procedure will begin with Dr. Bellamy harvesting the fat from your donor site via liposuction. He will process and purify the extracted fat. Then, he will inject the healthy fat into the areas of your face where you desire volume.
Depending on your procedural extent, facial fat graft surgery takes two to three hours.
Facial fat graft is an outpatient surgery, so you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you on the first day. You may require assistance with simple daily tasks.
Following facial fat graft surgery, most patients experience swelling and bruising, which should resolve in a few days to a few weeks. The extent of your procedure will determine whether you need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling.
Most patients plan on taking one week off from work for recovery. During this time, you will need to avoid strenuous activities, including exercising or heavy lifting, for four weeks; however, you should begin walking as soon as you feel able.
How Soon Will I See My Facial Fat Graft Results?
Following your Palm Beach facial fat graft procedure, you should notice an improvement immediately; these results will continue to improve as swelling resolves. However, as not all the transferred fat will survive the procedure, you will see your ultimate outcome around two months after your procedure.
With optimal results and recommended follow-up care, the best Palm Beach facial fat graft results are long-lasting. You can ensure longevity by maintaining your stable weight through healthy lifestyle choices and exercise. Appropriate skin care products and treatments can help improve their endurance as well.
Choosing Dr. Bellamy as Your Palm Beach Facial Fat Graft Expert
As one of the premier plastic surgeons in Palm Beach, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bellamy has extensive education and unparalleled experience. With innovative techniques and the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment, Dr. Bellamy tailors customized treatment plans that consider each patient’s needs and expectations, making him your choice as the best facial fat graft surgeon in Palm Beach.
For Dr. Bellamy, the most fulfilling aspect of performing plastic surgery is using his skills to enhance and enrich his patients’ lives. Blending surgical mastery with artistic elegance, Dr. Bellamy’s goal is to help his patients accomplish their aesthetic goals with beautiful, natural-looking results that increase their confidence and self-esteem.