Although not a perfect analogy, facial aging can be thought of as similar to a deflating balloon. Young faces are taut, both in the skin and also in the volume filling that skin. Younger faces have round, full cheeks, soft eyebrows and full temples. As we get older, we tend to deflate like a balloon and this has two main consequences on our appearance that make us look older. One, our faces and necks become saggy in a vertical sense, with the skin dropping downward from the constant pull of gravity. However, facial sag is only half of the reason we look older. Older faces also lose volume in the cheeks, mid-face, temples and around the lower eyes. Cosmetic Fat Transfers can naturally restore a more volume-appropriate youthful appearance.
Dr. Mobley has performing cosmetic fat transfer for about as long as he has been in practice since 2002. He has performed hundreds of cases, mostly for cosmetic purposes but occasionally using his techniques to help reconstruct the faces of gun shot victims, cancer survivors and victims of other traumas such as dog bites. No other surgeon brings the unique breadth of experience that Dr. Mobley will bring to your cosmetic fat transfer. Remember, Dr. Mobley performs 14 times more cosmetic fat transfers than the average plastic surgeon based on national data.
Several decades ago the surgical emphasis on facial rejuvenation was placed on pulling skin tighter. This often led to an unnatural wind-blown or overly tightened look. Then, approximately 10 to 15 years ago, the widespread acceptance of cosmetic fat transfers made it possible for surgeons to not only make the face look younger with tightening, but ALSO look younger by enhancing the face with fullness and natural rounding. The most popular areas tend to be the cheekbones, lower eyelids and temples.
Cosmetic fat injection transfers can be performed in the operating room setting, but because they are a minimally invasive procedure, they can also be performed in the office setting. For some patients, this provides them with excellent cosmetic rejuvenation without the added cost of being in the operating room.
During cosmetic fat transfer, fat is extracted from one part of the body and injected into the face. One of the benefits of fat is that it is mostly considered a permanent filler. That means that unlike “gel” fillers it does not have to be regularly repeated at 6-12 month intervals. The fat is most often taken from the lower buttock or “love handle” area. The most common areas to inject fat are the cheeks and also the hollow areas under the eyes.
To fully understand the costs of cosmetic surgery, you must understand the guiding principles of Dr. Mobley’s medical practice: Quality, Safety, and a Respect for Cost. Dr. Mobley has not designed the surgical experience to be lowest bid; rather, he wants you to have an exceptionally high-quality medical experience. If this interests you, please read on.
There are three main components that contribute to your final cosmetic surgery fee. The first component is the surgeon’s fee. As this is a medical experience, your final surgeon’s fee can only determined after a full consultation with Dr. Mobley where he will perform a complete history and physical exam and together you will formulate a treatment plan that best fits your cosmetic goals. Computerized imaging is often used to help better plan your surgery.
As a reference point, a recent survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed the professional fee for cosmetic fat transfer averages $2400. Dr. Mobley’s professional fees tends to be close to these national average fees. However, there are also facility fees (where the surgery is performed). In many cases, cosmetic fat transfers do not require formal anesthesia but when they do, there is an additional cost for the anesthesia provider.
In general, a standard cosmetic fat transfer that can be performed in the office will be around $2500 “out the door” which covers the surgeon’s fee and the facility fee. If you are already in the OR having facial surgery, and wish to “add-on” cosmetic fat transfer, this fee can vary from $1000 to $2500. Remember, you can always find a lower fee, but at Mobley MD we pride ourselves on the fact that Dr. Mobley is one of the most well regarded Facial Plastic Surgeons in the Mountain West. There are no regrets, when you choose the best.
Cosmetic fat transfer is frequently done in the office and can have a reasonably quick recovery. Most patients will feel well enough to go back to work or school 1-4 days after the procedure. Each patient may swell and/or bruise differently and to varying amounts. To be safe, one could plan on most all bruising gone by 10-14 days after the procedure. Patients that are “quick healers” are often looking good 5-8 days after the injections.
Most patients report minimal post op pain. Most all patients are given prescription pain-killers and most patients really need and or use them for the first 1-4 days after the procedure.
Overall, fat is very predictable to give a nice cosmetic outcome. Rarely (< 5% of cases) small lumps are seen and in these few cases, they can be easily reduced with a small in office injection. Rare too, some people need a touch up of fat. This is less than 10% of patients and more common in patients that are very lean with low body weight.
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