Facial Fat Transfer

It may sound too good to be true, but you can restore your vibrant, youthful look using fat from another part of your body with autologous fat transfer, or fat grafting. Whether you are looking to replenish volume loss, enhance your facial contours, or turn back the clock, this procedure offers safe, natural-looking results for a variety of aesthetic needs.

Our two double board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. James Chan and Dr. Haena Kim, perform BeautiFill® facial fat transfer for Clackamas and Portland patients and those traveling to Réviance® Plastic Surgery from throughout Oregon and the West Coast.

Your Facial Fat Transfer Consultation

Dr. Kim and Dr. Chan are known for their warmth and thoroughness. When you come in for your facial fat transfer consultation, they cover your medical history and goals for the procedure and discuss your treatment options with you.

Our facial plastic surgeons pride themselves on tailoring your treatment to your unique needs and budget, helping you to make the best, most informed decisions about your care. In many cases, you can complement the effects of fat transfer with other procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing or physician-grade skin care. Fat transfer can also enhance the results of a facelift or eyelid surgery.

Depending on the look you hope to achieve, Dr. Chan or Dr. Kim will create a comprehensive treatment plan just for you.

Meet Our Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr. James Chan and Dr. Haena Kim are highly respected specialists in facial plastic surgery. In addition to being double board-certified plastic surgeons, they are medical scientists, artists, and innovators at the forefront of regenerative aesthetic medicine. Their elevated surgical techniques and multi-modality treatment plans help you look and feel your best.

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Dr. James Chan

Meet Dr. Chan

Dr. Haena Kim

Meet Dr. Haena Kim

Your Facial Fat Transfer Options

We offer two types of fat transfer at Réviance Plastic Surgery: one targeting aesthetic enhancement and the other aimed at harnessing your body’s natural regenerative properties.

  • Microfat transfer: In this procedure, we collect your own fat from a donor site on your body (usually the abdomen) using BeautiFill laser-assisted liposuction. This device purifies the fat at the point of collection, yielding greater quantities and quality of fat than in older methods. This purified fat is then injected into the face, hands, or other areas to restore volume and add soft, natural support to sagging, lax skin.
  • Nanofat transfer: In a nanofat transfer procedure, the purified fat is broken down into a liquid rich with stem cells and human growth factors. This restorative mixture revitalizes the skin and improves its texture and vibrance.

As leaders in regenerative aesthetic medicine, Dr. Kim and Dr. Chan are at the forefront of the latest evidence-based movement in facial plastic surgery and medical spa treatments. Their unique approach to nanofat and similar regenerative products allows them to far surpass the results that over-the-counter skincare and the average day spa or med spa can achieve.

Am I a Good Candidate for Facial Fat Transfer?

Patients should be nonsmokers and in good overall health, with sufficient surplus body fat for the fat transfer procedure. If you are naturally very thin or have previously undergone a tummy tuck or liposuction, you may not have enough quality fat to be eligible for this procedure. In such cases, dermal fillers may be the more appropriate alternative.

Dr. Chan was great! I had somewhat of a unique request in terms of what I wanted and he listened to my goals and concerns for the procedure….He is a great listener and a great surgeon!”

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Dr. Kim, performing a cosmetic injection on a patients face.

What To Expect During Your Facial Fat Transfer

Dr. Chan and Dr. Kim use BeautiFill laser-assisted liposuction to gently harvest fat from the donor site. This device yields a high viability rate for the collected fat, which is crucial to the operation’s overall success.

BeautiFill’s specially designed canister filters the blood, oil, and other impurities as the fat is suctioned out, so it is immediately ready for transfer. As we don’t have to refine the fat in a centrifuge (adding extra time and complexity to the process), our procedure is significantly quicker with a higher percentage of pure fat.

Our surgeons carefully inject the fat to add subtle, natural volume. The most common treatment areas include:

  • Under the eyes
  • Temples
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Lips
  • Jawline
  • Forehead
  • 11 lines
  • Hands

We can also use fat transfer to help fill in scars and other textural irregularities. The procedure is relatively quick and is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.

Recovery After Facial Fat Transfer

Patients typically experience redness, swelling, and bruising around the donor and treatment sites for the first 72 hours. You can usually return to work after a week of downtime. Our surgeons provide detailed postoperative instructions to keep you comfortable and healing as expected.

The fat may take 6 to 12 months to fully stabilize in its new location. It is normal for the body to reabsorb a portion of the fat, but in most cases, high-quality fat takes hold in its desired place. The results are largely permanent, but some people may choose to have a follow-up procedure to touch up their results.

How Much Does Facial Fat Transfer Cost in Portland, OR?

The price of your facial fat transfer depends on several factors and cannot be accurately estimated without an in-person evaluation. Dr. Kim or Dr. Chan provides you with a personalized quote for your procedure (and any other services in your treatment plan) during your consultation and discusses your financing options at that time.

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. James Chan and Dr. Haena Kim

Discover the Réviance Difference Today

Réviance Plastic Surgery is at the cutting edge of results-driven surgical and nonsurgical treatments for facial rejuvenation. To explore your facial fat grafting options, from microfat transfer to nanofat injections, please request a consultation or call us at (503) 953-1230 to get started.