Fat Grafting in Oklahoma City

Aging can cause a reduction in fatty facial tissue, causing wrinkles, folds or a gaunt appearance. To remedy this problem, we perform facial fat grafting at our Oklahoma City plastic surgery office using your own body fat. When taken from other body areas, the fat can replenish facial features that have lost volume, restoring a more youthful appearance.

When to Undergo Facial Fat Grafting in Oklahoma City

Fat grafting with Dr. James Lowe can be beneficial for patients who have:

  • Deep facial creases
  • Eye bags
  • Under-eye dark circles
  • Hollow cheeks and temples 

Men and women who seek this procedure should have adequate fat deposits on their buttocks, abdomen or legs from which fat can be harvested and then moved to the face. Fat cells used for facial fat grafting may not be donated from another person, such as a friend or family member.

Thus, patients who are good candidates for fat grafting are also good candidates for liposuction, meaning they are in generally good health and at a stable, healthy weight.

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Fat Grafting FAQ

How does fat grafting work?

The fat grafting procedure is usually performed in multiple sessions under sedation or general anesthesia. It involves gentle body liposuction for fat harvesting, followed by careful transplantation to the face with an injection.

The reason fat grafting is often performed in multiple sessions is that not all fat tissue survives the fat transfer process. If, after your first facial fat grafting session, much of the transplanted fat has not survived, touch-up sessions may be necessary to achieve the results you desire.

Why use fat grafting?

Human fat is harvested from your own body. Using your own fat requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because you first must undergo liposuction to extract the fat prior to injection. However, you eliminate the risk of allergic reaction or rejection by the body by using your own fat. The results can also last longer than temporary fillers.

What happens after fat grafting?

After facial fat grafting, most patients experience temporary swelling and bruising to some degree. Within 1-2 weeks, most of these effects will be resolved. Swelling in areas where liposuction was performed may last several weeks, but will also subside in a short time.

During the first week of recovery, limit your activities and avoid touching or manipulating the treatment area(s). This will improve the survival rate of transplanted fat tissue and preserve your facial fat grafting results. Take medications as directed by the doctor and follow the specific aftercare instructions. After all sessions of fat grafting are complete, most patients experience facial fat grafting results that last anywhere from a several months to a few years.

Who performs fat grafting?

Dr. James (Jim) Lowe can perform fat grafting procedures. He is a board certified plastic surgeon.

Where is fat grafting performed?

Fat grafting surgery can be performed at Integris Baptist Medical Center, at a nearby outpatient surgical facility, or at the Associates Surgery Center, located near the doctors’ office.

Where will the fat cells be collected from?

The doctor will collect fat cells from an area of your body where you have a dense volume of fat cells. In most cases, this will not be enough fat to create a noticeable fat reduction. Common harvest sites include the thighs, abdomen and buttocks.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

To learn more about facial fat grafting in Oklahoma City with Dr. James Lowe at Lowe Plastic Surgery, please contact us by calling (405) 942-4300. You can also send us an email using our online contact form.

Dr. James (Jim) Lowe can perform fat grafting procedures. He is a board certified plastic surgeon.
James B. Lowe, MD, FACS

Lowe Plastic Surgery

Dr. Lowe is a triple board-certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive cosmetic and reconstructive care. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand 

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (405) 942-4300.

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