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A loss of fat volume is one of the most telling signs of aging. As the fat content of the skin diminishes, facial contours may appear hollow and dull, causing self-confidence to plummet. With a strategic facial fat transfer performed by Dr. Leong in Morgantown WV, fat is harvested from an area where it is unwanted, such as the thighs, hips or belly, and then is injected into the target facial zones, helping to enhance youthful plumpness and vivacity.

What is facial fat transfer?

Facial fat transfer is performed in three distinct phases. During the first stage, liposuction is used to extract fat cells from a donor site, commonly the abdomen, the thighs, the buttocks or the hips. The fat is vacuumed out using an ultra thin cannula that carefully preserves the cells for transfer. During the next stage, the fat cells are purified and sterilized. The fat is separated from other liquids in a centrifuge, and only the healthiest cells are readied for transfer.

In the third phase of the procedure, Dr. Leong strategically injects the fat in areas that he has previously selected for enhancement. The fat helps to fill out depleted contours and sunken areas so that you appear refreshed and rejuvenated with a more youthful glow. Areas that can be improved with facial fat transfer include the jawline, the temples, the lips, the cheekbones, areas beneath the eyes, between the eyebrows, around the nose, and almost any other place where fat loss has compromised the complexion.

What are the advantages of the procedure?

  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Slims and trims the donor areas
  • No downtime or significant recovery period
  • Long-lasting results
  • Helps improve self-image
  • Rolls back the clock on aging
  • Fills out hollow or sunken facial contours

Who is a good candidate for a facial fat transfer?

Facial fat grafting can be performed for those patients with ample fat to spare in their donor areas. Clients who lack sufficient fat to transfer will receive alternative recommendations from Dr. Leong. Patients should be healthy, both mentally and physically, and have no active medical ailments or infections. Dr. Leong will go over your candidacy during your private Morgantown WV consultation and determine for sure if facial fat transfer is right for you and your goals.

Will there be any downtime or recovery?

During your recovery, Dr. Leong will provide you with pain medication and an aftercare plan that details your self-care routine for the next week or so. You should take care to minimize motion, so you will have to avoid vigorous exercise temporarily for up to 5 days. It’s also important to avoid touching or massaging the areas that received injection for at least one week post-op. Sleeping on your back at night and avoiding direct sunlight are also musts.

Why select Dr. Leong in Morgantown, WV for a facial fat transfer procedure?

Dr. Leong has a reputation for integrity, precision and intuitive listening skills. He carefully evaluates each client’s wishes and helps to create a surgical plan that is finely tuned to their needs and unique anatomies. His goal is always to pursue cosmetic changes in the least invasive manner possible while celebrating the patient’s natural beauty. For this reason he is sought after frequently by patients in Morgantown WV and beyond to perform such delicate and complex procedures as facial fat grafting, which requires not only experience, but also consummate artistry.

Dr. Leong received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, after which he completed a demanding fellowship in otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. He then continued to hone and refine his skills with a prestigious fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Leong received the rare honor of being asked to administer the oral board exam for younger surgeons seeking board certification in the field of plastic surgery.

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