Facial Fat Transfer In-Depth
A thorough explanation of how the fat transfer procedures can be used to restore a more youthful shape to the face. Dr. BIll Johnson walks through the procedure step by step and shows the effects of treatment on our 2009 New Beginnings winners.
What is FAMI Facial Fat Transfer?
FAMI is an acronym for Fat Autograft Muscle Injection. FAMI represents a minimally invasive Fat Transfer procedure that addresses the loss of fat that people see in their faces over years of aging.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Dr. Johnson harvests fat from areas you do not want it, refines it, and then carefully re-injects it into specific areas of your face. It is truly a mixture of science and art, and in turn, offers a worthy substitution for fillers or facelifts. Dr. Johnson plans the procedure by comparing a current photo of the patient to a photo of the patient when they were 18-20 years old. At 18-20, our bodies have the most fat in the facial areas, and photos from this age provide accurate representations of what was, and what could be after fat transfer. At Innovations Medical, all FAMI procedures are done while awake, under local anesthesia. This technique allows the patient to walk out of the office and lessen post-procedure downtime.
How is FAMI is Different From Other Fat Transfer procedures?
Traditional fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation, has been around for a couple of decades. Though the idea has stayed the same, the techniques and processes have changed dramatically. FAMI brings a new way of thinking to the fat transfer procedure. It begins to take into account the patient’s facial vascular paths, and as a result, the patient can now see more consistency in the final outcome. The new FAMI technique uses the facial vascular network and places the fat into/under the facial muscles to provide long-lasting, symmetric results. FAMI is also the only procedure that uses custom-designed fat transfer cannulas to place the harvested fat into the vascular facial muscle bed.
Results of FAMI Facial Fat Transfer *
These before and after photos are of Innovations Medical patients who have received FAMI Facial Fat Transfer. * Results may vary.
Is FAMI Safe?
Yes. FAMI is an outpatient procedure performed at both our Dallas and Fort Worth offices. The procedure is done completely while you are awake. FAMI injects your face with your own living fatty tissue, restoring volume to areas where you have lost fat from aging. There is no risk of an allergic reaction since the fat is your own.
Who is a good candidate for FAMI?
- Patients that have hollows or depressions from natural aging
- Patients with skeletonization of the frontal cheek or chin areas
- Patients with sagging jowls as a result of fat migration to the lower part of the face
- Anyone wanting a more thorough longer lasting rejuvenation and softer younger appearance
What’s the downtime like after FAMI?
Typically, bruising is typical for about 2-3 weeks post-procedure, accompanied with some swelling. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of days.
Enhancements: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
At Innovations Medical, achieving the most flattering cosmetic outcome is one of our main priorities. In recent years, much research has been done on improving fat transfer techniques and results. It is documented that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an integral addition to achieving desired fat transfer outcomes. See our page Vampire Facial (PRP Facial). PRP is safe and poses no infectious risk to the patient because its made from the patient’s own plasma.
Platelets provide initial hemostasis and release mediators to help modulate the inflammatory response involved with wound healing.
Other Fat Transfer Procedures
Innovations Medical also offers Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and Fat Transfer Natural Breast Augmentation using fat transfer technology. These procedures offer many advantages over traditional plastic surgery, including less downtime and less patient pain during the recovery process. Best of all, these procedures all use the patients own fat, so there is nothing artificial about the results!