Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica

Fat Transfer

When patients seek a procedure to restore volume to the skin on their face, fat transfer is one of the first options that Dr. Karamanoukian considers. This minimally invasive procedure is wonderful at filling in fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face. By using the patient’s own fat harvested from another part of the body, fat transfer provides results that not only look natural, they are natural. Further, because the patient’s own fat is used, the results are potentially permanent, which is never the case with artificial facial fillers. If you’re looking to slow or reverse the signs of aging in your face, facial fat transfer may be the perfect option. Please call our office or read below to find out more.

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How Fat Transfer Works

The first step in fat transfer is liposuction to harvest fat from another area of the body. This is typically done in the buttocks, thighs or abdomen. This is highly precise liposuction, done to best preserve the fat cells being collected. While this liposuction is done primarily to collect fat cells, Dr. Karamanoukian also uses the opportunity to provide some sculpting and contouring to the area being liposuctioned.

After the fat cells are collected, they are cleaned and purified to get ready for reinjection. Once this is done, Dr. Karamanoukian begins the facial fat transfer. He uses a very fine needle to precisely insert the fat where it is needed in the face. He systematically eliminates lines and wrinkles with the artistry and technique that only a seasoned professional is capable of.

With fat transfer, there is a certain percentage of the fat that is likely to be re-absorbed by the body, which reduces the results. However, after a 3-month period, whatever fat is remaining will be there permanently. The rate of resorption depends on many anatomical factors, and Dr. Karamanoukian will take this into consideration when deciding just how much fat to inject. With his record of conservative, refined results, his patients are assured a natural and beautiful appearance following facial fat transfer.

Benefits of Fat Transfer

Fat transfer offers many advantages over artificial cosmetic fillers. By using the patient’s own fat, there is no risk of complications or allergic reaction to a foreign substance. Further, the results routinely last significantly longer than artificial facial fillers. With its high safety rating and high rate of success, fat transfer is gradually becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. If you're looking for facial fat transfer in Santa Monica, give Dr. Karamanoukian's office a call.

  • Benefits of fat transfer include:
  • Minimally invasive procedure with very little downtime
  • Among the most natural cosmetic procedure options
  • No risk of allergic reaction
  • Lasting or permanent results
  • Smooth, soft and completely natural looking results

Expert Los Angeles Fat Transfer Surgeon

Meet Dr. Karamanoukian

For Los Angeles patients considering fat transfer, there are few surgeons more qualified than Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. He is double board certified, meaning he has proven talent and experience backing up each procedure he delivers. When it comes to performing a fat transfer, Dr. Karamanoukian can uphold every surgical standard to keep you looking and feeling your very best. First and foremost, this extends to the safety aspect of your procedure. Second, it extends to the cosmetic excellence of your fat transfer, ensuring that your results fulfill everything agreed upon.

Each fat transfer takes place in a surgical suite that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Whether your particular procedure requires general anesthesia or simply conscious sedation, Dr. Karamanoukian uses a handpicked, board-certified anesthesiologist to look after this aspect of your fat transfer. In this way, he maintains every safety standard in the book.