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Facial Fat Transfer
in Novi, Michigan

Facial fat transfer in Novi, Michigan is a cosmetic procedure that naturally enhances 
and volumizes the face using your own body fat, offering a lasting alternative to temporary Medspa fillers. The fat cells are meticulously collected from a donor area, such as the abdomen or thighs, and undergo a detailed purification process. The fat cells are carefully reintegrated into target areas like the cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds using a micro-fat transfer technique. This approach ensures a seamless restoration 
of volume and enhancement of facial contours without leaving any scars, providing a permanent solution for those seeking to rejuvenate their appearance naturally. At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, we are dedicated 
to delivering exceptional results through facial fat transfer, blending advanced techniques with the skilled hands of our board-certified 
plastic surgeons to achieve the natural, lasting beauty you desire.

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What is Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial autologous fat grafting, or facial fat grafting, is a cosmetic procedure tailored to rejuvenate and enhance facial features by utilizing the patient’s fat. Facial fat injections aim to restore facial volume, smooth out wrinkles, address sagging skin, and sculpt a more youthful and harmonious appearance, all while respecting the unique facial anatomy of each patient.

It’s important to note that while a small percentage of the transferred fat may not stay, the fat cells that successfully integrate are permanent. This means that the results will naturally adapt to your body; as you gain weight, the transferred fat will grow, and as you lose weight, it will decrease in size. This dynamic ensures that the enhancements respect the unique facial anatomy of each patient, offering a solution that is tailored to your current appearance and evolves with you over time.
Our facial fat transfer procedure is akin to the meticulous art of gardening, where each “seed” of fat, much like a plant seed, requires 
the perfect environment to thrive. By employing the advanced micro-fat transfer technique, we harvest excess fat from a selected body part, purify it, and then strategically reintroduce it into specific facial areas in tiny amounts. This ensures that every bit of fat is placed precisely, maximizing the chance for each “seed” to integrate seamlessly into the facial tissue. This approach promises a look that’s not only natural but long-lasting, ensuring that the results beautifully complement the individual features and provide lasting rejuvenation.

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Areas of Facial Fat Transfer

Facial fat transfer treatment is a versatile procedure that can address various aesthetic concerns by targeting different areas of the face. Each type of facial autologous fat transfer is designed to meet your needs, from enhancing volume to correcting asymmetries and smoothing wrinkles.
Here are the different types of facial fat transfers, each designed to address specific aesthetic needs:
Fat is injected into the cheek area to restore facial volume loss, enhance facial contours, or create a youthful appearance. This type of transfer can also improve the definition of the cheekbones.
Small amounts of fat are carefully injected into the lips to increase volume, define the lip borders, and minimize the appearance of fine lines around the mouth, offering a more natural option than dermal fillers.
Fat injected into the under-eye area can address hollows and dark circles, creating a more rested and rejuvenated look. This delicate procedure requires precision to ensure a smooth, natural outcome.
The nasolabial folds, or “smile lines,” can be softened by injecting fat into these areas, reducing the appearance of deep creases and contributing to a fresher facial appearance.
Fat can be added to the forehead and temporal areas to smooth out wrinkles, fill in hollows, and restore a balanced proportion to the facial structure.

Enhancing the jawline and chin with fat transfer can improve the definition and balance of the face, creating a stronger profile or correcting asymmetries.

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Each type of facial fat transfer offers unique benefits, allowing you to enhance and address your concerns. During your consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help you choose the type of fat transfer that best suits your needs, achieving subtle enhancements or more dramatic transformations. This personalized approach ensures that the natural harmony of your facial features is maintained throughout the process.
Who Are the Suitable Candidates for Facial Fat Transfer

Who Are the Suitable Candidates
for Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial fat transfer is an innovative cosmetic procedure that offers a natural way to rejuvenate and enhance facial features by using your own fat. This technique is ideal for individuals looking to address facial volume loss, smooth out facial wrinkles, and improve facial contours without synthetic fillers. But who exactly makes a good candidate for this procedure?

Suitable candidates for facial fat transfer typically include those who:
Individuals looking for a natural approach to enhance their facial appearance, with results that blend seamlessly with their facial anatomy.
Since the procedure requires transferring fat from one part of the body to the face, candidates must have sufficient fat in donor areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips.
While facial fat transfer can enhance skin appearance, the best results are seen 
in individuals with moderate skin elasticity that can support the newly added volume.
Candidates should be in good health, with no underlying conditions impairing healing or increasing the risk of surgery.
Grasping the possible results and limitations of facial fat transfer is essential. Candidates need to hold clear and realistic expectations regarding the achievements of the procedure.

Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer

Let’s talk about why choosing a facial fat transfer might just be the perfect decision for rejuvenating your appearance:

Natural Results

What’s incredible about using your own fat for this procedure is how natural the results look. It’s your own body’s tissue, after all, so it blends seamlessly with your facial contours. It’s like giving your face a more youthful, refreshed look that’s completely you.

Long-lasting Effects

If you’re looking for something more enduring than the typical fillers, you’re in the right place. Fat transfer results can stick with you for years. That’s because some of the transferred fat cells make themselves at home in their new location, giving you a lasting transformation.

Dual Benefit

Here’s a win-win you’ll love. Not only do you get to enhance your facial features, but you also slim down the area where the fat was taken from. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone — reducing unwanted fat in one area while beautifying another.

Safety First

Using your own fat minimizes risks significantly. There’s a much lower chance of allergic reactions or rejection because it’s all you! This makes the procedure a safer bet compared to other materials.

Improved Skin Quality

And there’s more good news. The stem cells in the injected fat can help improve your skin’s texture and tone. Imagine adding volume where you want it and getting that glow-up in skin quality.

Choosing a facial fat transfer offers a unique blend of benefits — natural, long-lasting enhancement, dual benefits of contouring and feature enhancement, safety, and even an upgrade in skin quality. It’s all about using what’s naturally yours to achieve the look you desire.

What Happens During Facial Fat Transfer Surgery

Facial fat transfer surgery at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery is a meticulously planned and executed outpatient procedure that allows you to return home the same day. Here’s a detailed overview of our facial fat grafting process:
What Happens During Facial Fat Transfer Surgery
The process begins with a personalized consultation, where our board-certified plastic surgeons evaluate the patient’s facial structure, discuss aesthetic goals, and assess suitability for the procedure. This stage includes reviewing the patient’s medical history and examining the specific areas of the face to be enhanced.
Suitable candidates receive comprehensive pre-operative instructions, which may cover dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and recommendations to stop smoking. Pre-operative imaging may also be conducted to meticulously plan the procedure.
Our facial fat transfer can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, tailored to the patient’s comfort and the specifics of the procedure. The anesthesia plan is discussed and agreed upon during the pre-operative consultation.

The procedure involves carefully harvesting fat from a predetermined donor site, such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. Utilizing gentle liposuction techniques, the fat is extracted with minimal trauma, ensuring the viability of the fat cells for transfer

The harvested fat undergoes a centrifugation process. This step involves spinning the fat cells at high speeds to separate and remove unwanted components, such as blood and oil layers. What remains is a pure, concentrated fat ready for transfer, ensuring the highest quality material for grafting.
The purified fat is then meticulously transferred to the facial areas requiring enhancement, which is done using a micro-fat transfer technique, where minute quantities of fat, precisely 1/30th of a CC, are injected with each pass from various needle stick incision sites. This technique leaves no scars and ensures an even, natural-looking volume distribution across the treated areas. The micro approach to fat injection is vital for its success; planting these “seeds” of fat sparingly gives them ample space to acquire nutrients, water, and oxygen from the surrounding tissues. This promotes revascularization or integration of the fat cells into the recipient site, similar to giving each seed the right conditions to grow into a healthy plant.
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Recovery: What to Expect After the Procedure

Recovering from a facial fat transfer involves careful attention to the areas of your face where fat has been added and the donor sites from which the fat was harvested. Immediately after the procedure, swelling, bruising, and discomfort are expected, 
but these symptoms are manageable with medications prescribed by your surgeon. 
In the days following, emphasizing rest, maintaining your head elevated, and using cold compresses as advised can greatly diminish swelling. 

Gentle activities like walking are encouraged to promote circulation, but strenuous exercises should be avoided to protect the healing process. A balanced diet rich 
in vitamins and staying hydrated is essential for optimal healing, supporting both the integration of transferred fat cells in your facial areas and the recovery of donor sites. Proper skincare and sun protection for both treated and donor sites are essential 
to safeguard your skin during healing.

Cost of Facial Fat Transfer

The cost of facial fat grafting may vary between $2,000 and $8,000 or even higher. The scope of treatment, including the number of facial areas addressed and the choice of anesthesia, also affects the overall expense. Additional procedures like PRP injection may contribute to the final cost.

Consulting with our board-certified plastic surgeons will give you a clearer breakdown of the costs involved, tailored to your aesthetic goals. This personalized consultation ensures you completely understand the investment in your beauty and well-being.
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Why Choose Illuum For Your Facial Fat Transfer

Choosing Illuum Cosmetic Surgery for your facial fat transfer means entrusting your aesthetic goals to a team of expert board-certified plastic surgeons dedicated to excellence, Buccal fat pad removal personalized care, and natural, long-lasting results. 

At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves on the micro-fat transfer approach, ensuring each facial fat transfer procedure meets each of your individual needs and aesthetic aspirations. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and technology, our plastic surgeons specialize in treatment using your fat to enhance facial contours and add volume, providing a natural alternative compared to temporary Medspa fillers.

Our commitment to the highest safety standards, comprehensive 
care, and support throughout your treatment ensure a comfortable and positive experience. With Illuum, you’re choosing a path to rejuvenation that exceeds expectations and aligns with the highest standards 
of professionalism and innovation in cosmetic surgery.

Contact Us

Dive into the transformative treatment of facial fat transfer and unlock the secret to a more youthful, vibrant you. Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your natural beauty. At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, our team guides you every step of the way, from initial consultation to revealing your stunning results.

Embrace the change you’ve been dreaming of. Schedule your personalized consultation now and discover how facial fat transfer can boost your confidence and refresh your appearance with lasting, natural-looking results.
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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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