Micro Fat Transfer Surgery - Dr. Arash Moradzadeh
Serving Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and surrounding areas
Fat transfer involves the transfer of fat from one part of the body to another. The doctor carefully harvests fat cells that are then injected to firm, fill out or plump up other body parts. Fat transfer is a popular, safe and effective alternative to other wrinkle treatments — designed to re-contour the face and provide definition to the cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities. One particular advantage to this treatment is the fact that fat transfer involves one’s own fat cell, so the patient can never have an allergic reaction.
Understanding the Surgery
Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, the surgeon removes the fat from a donor site — an area where the patient’s fat is most tightly packed, such as the abdomen or thighs. Once removed, the fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then re-injected using blunt-tipped micro-cannulas applied to various regions and depths of the face. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.
Harvesting the fat cells for reinjection is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction or facelift. When fat is harvested during another procedure, it is often possible for the surgeon to harvest a larger amount of fat, and then to freeze and store the fat for future injections should they become necessary.
What to Expect Afterwards
Patients are to maneuver freely right after the surgery has been completed. Any discomfort following the procedure can be controlled with medication. Some swelling may occur for up to 36 hours after the procedure. There may also be some bruising. Micro-fat transfer is usually completed over 1-3 sessions. This prevents the over filled look. Approximately 70% of the transferred fat will survive. Many patients choose fat transfer over traditional fillers because it uses their own tissue and some of the fat remains permanently at the injection sites.
A great secondary benefit of micro-fat grafting is the changes to your skin. Over several months, most patients will notice dramatic improvements in skin quality and texture. This is believed to be a result of the stem cells found in fat.
Is Fat Transfer Right For You?
While facelifts are excellent for removing excess skin and re-draping the facial soft tissue — especially along the jawline and in the neck — they do nothing to replace the volume of soft tissue and bone that we all lose with age. Fat transfer, on the other hand, addresses not only the jawline, but also the cheeks, the areas around the eyes, and the temples — providing a truly rejuvenated, more natural-looking appearance than a facelift alone. After an extensive consultation, Dr. Moradzadeh will advise you on whether fat transfer is a viable option for you based on what you’re trying to achieve.
Injectable dermal fillers (brands such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Radiesse®) are a popular alternative for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. While these fillers can restore a youthful, healthy glow to the face, fat transfer may be preferable for several reasons: It’s the patient’s own tissue, which eliminates the chance of having any allergic reaction, and it can last for many years, as opposed to fillers which typically last from 9 months to 1.5 years. Fillers remain an excellent option for many men and women, however Dr. Moradzadeh can advise you to help you weigh the alternatives.
The experience I had with Dr. Moradzadeh as my surgeon was phenomenal. His unmatched craft coupled with his amazing bedside manner made for a very pleasant experience. Dr. Moradzadeh has gone above and beyond to achieve the absolute best and natural results possible.
One year ago, Dr. Moradzadeh performed a septoplasty/rhinoplasty on me. I was an athlete all through school and broke my nose multiple times while playing softball. After college, I wanted to pursue my modeling career but missed a lot of opportunities because of the external deformity of my nose. I saw a few local Facial Plastic Surgeons but after meeting with them, I never felt comfortable enough to commit. -Marry
For many years, I suffered from severe breathing problems through my nose. I had been delaying any medical procedures to fix the problem because I was uncomfortable with the process, especially the packing typically inserted into the nasal passages and the difficult recovery period. I went to see Dr. Moradzadeh for any alternative solutions. He described a quick, special surgical process that he can perform which alleviates the problem, improves nasal breathing and has no negative side effects. I willingly agreed since my discomfort was only getting worse. After the brief surgery, I immediately noticed the improvement. I haven’t been able to breathe this freely in years...-R.D.
He is amazing! Already recommended to family and My father is going in on Monday. An excellent doctor and so glad I was referred to him. :) His office staff is also on point and very friendly. What an awesome experience.-Diana
Very professional and skilled at administering botox. I highly recommend!
It was interesting to feel my forehead muscles trying to relax, but I took it easy the day I had my face done and although he said that the results show 7 to 10 days after... I noticed my expression lines chilling out 48 hours later. It is nice to have had a good experience and I am pleased thus far with the service.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the office is welcoming and they were even able to get me in sooner, as I was early. Parking is a little tricky, so I took valet across the street and it was about $10 (tip included). The doctor was friendly and gentle, getting the areas that I wanted to target....-Anonymous
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