Facial Fat Transfer In San Diego

A fat transfer is a surgical procedure that removes fat and stem cells from one part of the body to another, a recipient site. Also known as fat grafting, the goal is take unwanted fat from a specific area such as the stomach or thighs and use it to augment the size of another part of the body like the face or breasts. Alternatively, your body’s own stem cells can be harvested from the fat and those stem cells can be utilized to rejuvenate your facial structures, without adding any fat.

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What are the Benefits of a Fat Transfer?

There are many great advantages of a fat transfer for you, including:

  • Improves wrinkles, scars, and other types of skin depressions
  • Removes fat from unwanted areas like your stomach, buttocks and thighs
  • Increases volume in certain areas (cheeks and lips, for example)
  • Provide focal stem cell treatment to your facial structures
  • A minimally invasive treatment
  • A cost effective solution long-term
  • Avoids repeat injections of dermal fillers
  • Results are long-lasting and have a natural appearance
  • Little or no scarring in the treated areas
  • Reduce the chance of an allergic reaction since you are using your own substance
  • Fat transfer works well in conjunction with other procedures so you can have more than one procedure at the same time

Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?

You are a good candidate for a fat transfer if you are at least age 30 and in good physical health.

How is Fat Transfer Performed?

Fat transfer is performed with a specially designed micro cannula system that does not require traditional open surgical incision. The treatment site can be anesthetized with a local anesthetic. In Jolla, Dr. Malone uses a small needle to remove the fat and stem cells from one area of your body. The fat is processed to purify it and to harvest the stem cells before being injected into the desired location.

What are the Risks?

A fat transfer procedure is safe but can include possible risks such as bruising, swelling, numbness, small scars, and infection.

What is the Recovery from a Fat Transfer like?

You may experience some moderate swelling for a couple of weeks after your procedure. Some bruising may be temporarily noticeable. Your face could look a bit plump or swollen for a week. You can usually go back to your normal activities after your procedure. It can take up to six months before you see the full effect of the procedure since time is needed for your body to reabsorb the injected fat.

La Jolla Face Fat Transfer
La Jolla Face Fat Transfer
La Jolla Face Fat Transfer
La Jolla Face Fat Transfer

During your consultation Dr. Malone will evaluate your facial anatomy and discuss in detail your specific needs. She will discuss with you all of the non-surgical and surgical options available to refresh your appearance and answer all of your questions. Your customized treatment will provide a more rested, refreshed appearance. Specifically, your treatment will be based upon your individual facial anatomy and personal preferences in order to address these problem areas:

  • Sagging, deflated cheeks
  • Dark Circles underneath your eyes
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Jowls
  • Square shaped lower face

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Our facial aging process includes sagging and dropping of our facial tissues and simultaneous loss of volume or “deflation” over time. These two processes occur simultaneously affecting each of us based on our genetic inheritance, lifestyle choices and unique facial anatomy. The volume loss is most notable as we lose the heart-shaped face of youth.

When we are young, our face has full high cheeks and a slender smooth jawline tapering down to our chin. This heart-shape draws attention upwards to our eyes.


As we all age, the volume loss in our cheeks, the dark circles under our eyes and drooping of our facial tissues create more fullness in the lower third of our face and neck. These changes create a more square-shaped face and draws attention to our jowls and full neck and an appearance that is terse with our friends and family often mistake you of being “tired” or “angry” even when you’ve had a full night’s rest.

A fat transfer or a fat injection treatment utilizes our own fat tissue, which we harvest from the abdomen. This fat is prepared in our laboratory according to special protocols to create micro droplets of fat cells that can be added back to our face where our youthful baby fat has been lost. The fat cells are injected in multiple layers extending from the facial skeleton to add support and structure, the facial muscles to smooth and underneath the facial skin to plump and rejuvenate the weathered skin.

These treatments can eliminate under the eye shadows and wrinkling, lift drooping cheeks, fill deepened nasolabial folds and smooth our jowls on the jawline. The fat in our body contains stem cells that have the power to renew our facial tissues and create new healthy facial tissue by their biologically and hormonally mediated activity. These stem cells have been shown to enhance our skin quality and the underlying facial support structures, thereby turning back the hands of time.

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Dr. Malone’s treatments in La Jolla are highly individualized, customized for you and address your specific concerns and needs. We aim to let your refreshed appearance reflect the youthful energy that you feel on the inside. Most importantly, Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is seamless without ever drawing unwanted attention. She provides the subtle refresher that a good night’s rest no longer produces. Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is a natural, soft and balanced letting you to always put your best face forward.

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Dr. Malone is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. This remarkable distinction is bestowed on an elite subset of surgeons based on their exceptional training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct.

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