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Facial fat grafting Lipotransfer - Marbella Madrid

Modern lipotransfer (Facial fat grafting) techniques such as facial fat grafting, have changed facial rejuvenation completely. Understanding of the role of volume loss a as a major factor of facial ageing, has led to the integration of new techniques that replace lost volume rather than just tightening loose facial skin. This new approach contributes towards more natural and complete results and avoids the stigma of a traditional face lift. Ocean Clinic’s academic contributions like the PAVE lift and many other publications, within this exiting new field of combined facial rejuvenation, define our role as a leading clinic in the field of integrated facial rejuvenation.

Facial lipotransfer procedures have a very low complication rate and a very high satisfaction rate with our patients in Marbella and Madrid. Facial fat transfer can be performed either as an isolated procedure or in combination with other facial procedures such as eyelid lift, browlift frontal lift, chin augmentation with implants or rhinoplasty.

Pre-operative considerations include a thorough evaluation of your facial anatomy and bone structure including the possible recommendation of complementary or alternative procedures, e.g. facelift. Our surgeons advice (regarding the combination of techniques), your understanding of the 3 dimensional ageing process and our enthusiasm for the best possible results are paramount in obtaining long-lasting, natural results.

Technical term: Facial lipotransfer

  • Duration of surgery
    1-2 hours
  • Anaesthesia
    Sedation and local, or local only
  • Discharge from clinic
    Same day
  • Fit for society
    10 days
  • Back to work
    4 days
  • Aftercare and recovery
    No facial bandages, compression strap on donor site for 7 days

Facial fat grafting Lipotransfer - - what you need to know beforehand…

Facial fat grafting Lipotransfer - Marbella Madrid, what you need to know. Ocean Clinic
Which type of facial fat grafting is right for me?
Can lipotransfer and my skin be addressed at the same time?
Are there any scars after fat grafting?
How is fat transfer to the face performed?
How long is the recovery of lipotransfer?

Patient testimony

I am a plastic surgeon myself and a middle-age man and I know what I need – a fat grafting to my midface. Unfortunately, I cannot do it myself. Being in the business, I know whom to trust and where to get the best quality treatment. Thank you OC.

Y.O. (66)

Before and after photos

Facial fat grafting

Photo before and after. 55 years old female patient. PAVE full facelift with liposuction and fat transfer to the face.

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Facial rejuvenation with fat grafting.

Surgical training video

Aqualift® facelift

Autologous fat grafting and fat injection by using the aqualift technique. Facial fat transfer with own body-fat. Lipofilling or autologous fat transfer with Aqualift®, water jet assisted, also known as body-jet®, is the most gentle facelift available. ⇒ find more videos

3D Animation

Fat transfer face

This animation will highlight the fat transfer procedure including how fat is removed from certain areas of the body using liposuction and the process of transferring fat into a targeted location. The face is a common area that can be revitalized using fat injections ⇒ Find more 3d animations

See also

PAVE facelift

A new and complete facelift procedure with autologous fat transfer.

Fat grafting facial rejuvenation

Large volume fat grafting for facial and periorbital rejuvenation.

Advancements in facial rejuvenation

Acclaimed Aqualift facelift technique, developed by Ocean Clinic, which utilizes water-jets.

Liquid facelift

Ocean Clinic is proud to present an innovation in facelift surgery; the liquid facelift. It uses water jet-assisted liposuction for unparalleled results. This ultra-gentle technique helps to prevent damage to blood vessels and nerves meaning significantly less bruising and swelling.

The liquid facelift uses water jet-assisted liposuction in three ways: To gently separate facial skin from underlying tissue. To remove unwanted fat deposits from under the chin or around the eyes. To harvest fat for grafting to the face. The liquid facelift has achieved high patient-satisfaction rates in clinical trials.

Why not speak to one of our surgeons, world leading specialists in facelift surgery, if you would like to know more?

Facial fat grafting Lipotransfer - Marbella Madrid
what you need to know beforehand…

Which type of facial fat grafting is right for me?

Your age, skin quality and anatomic proportions are key in selecting the fat grafting technique best suited to you. At Ocean Clinic Marbella and Madrid, we will discuss with you whether micro fat grafting, nano fat grafting or a combination of both is more appropriate. Furthermore we will examine and explain if any additional technique would be advisable for the best aesthetic outcome.

Can lipotransfer and my skin be addressed at the same time?

If your skin shows signs of photo-ageing; stains, pigmentation, fine lines and/or wrinkles, and a general loss of brilliance, a peeling maybe recommended by us and performed at the same time as your facial fat grafting surgery to minimize downtime.

Are there any scars after fat grafting?

Fat grafting is performed using very thin cannulas (needles) to harvest the fat and to re-inject it once processed. As there is no incision there are no visible scars with facial fat grafting.

How is fat transfer to the face performed?

Fat transfer to the face is mostly performed under deep IV sedation (twilight sleep) combined with local anesthesia. You will sleep throughout the procedure, but able to move your arms and legs as with regular sleep - this lowers the risk of thrombosis. The procedure is generally pain free and takes between 1-2 hours.

How long is the recovery of lipotransfer?

Recovery time for lipotransfer is 7-10 days with some swelling and bruising during the first 7 days. Makeup can be worn after 48hrs. There may be some numbness of the skin and lumpiness of the subcutaneous skin layers during the first 6-8 weeks before recovery is complete.

Facial fat grafting Lipotransfer - Marbella Madrid
... after surgery and beyond

Facial fat grafting aftercare

The Ocean Clinic concept is to avoid any unnecessary pain or discomfort. Most of our facial fat transfer procedures are performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This allows for a completely pain–free procedure with our patients being sedated simply for comfort. Postoperative pain in facial surgery is rare, most of our patients only have a slight tenderness for 24-48hrs which is treated with oral pain medication.

Our patients, in Marbella and Madrid, can generally go home on the same day and come for a check-up after 2-3 days. During the first 4 weeks, postoperative patients are referred to our unique physiotherapeutic aftercare for quicker recovery and reduced swelling. No objects above 5kg should be lifted, and sports involving weights aided for 14 days minimum.

Lipotransfer related risks

Facial lipotransfer has very few complications if carried out by an experienced plastic surgeon within an accredited facility. It is a biological procedure, transplanting living cells, so the outcome depends on the individual survival of the transplanted cells.

Due to this factor more than 1 session of facial fat transfer may be necessary, in some cases, to achieve the desired rejuvenation effect, especially in the case of smokers.

Rare complications include infection, facial asymmetry requiring revision, and prolonged recovery due to swelling and/or hematoma. Changes of sensibility of the skin are expected during the early postoperative period and disappear with time.

How long does facial fat grafting last?

Ocean Clinic’s patients in Marbella and Madrid have a very satisfying result after 1 single treatment, which lasts for 3-5 years or more. Changes in outcome are to be expected within the first 12 months until the body has eliminated all non-vital cells; afterwards the durability of results depends on lifestyle and maintenance of a stable body weight. However, facial ageing will continue after any procedure, therefore many of our patients choose to have touch-up procedures or alternative treatments after a couple of years.

Alternative treatments to fat transfer

Facelifting alone or in combination with facial fat grafting is a possible alternative technique if the laxity of skin and muscle is very pronounced. It may be an option if you wish for more dramatic rejuvenation results.

A deep dermal skin resurfacing with a phenol peel can be a valid treatment alternative for skin with very pronounced elastosis and photo-ageing. This method has dramatic results with pan-facial rejuvenation, but recovery is longer than with the facial fat grafting, and results and suitability are skin-type dependent.

Ocean Clinic’s experience with fat grafting

Our plastic surgeons have performed more than 1000 fat grafting procedures within the last 10 years. Ocean Clinic is a worldwide leader in combining facelift techniques with facial fat grafting for re-volumizing of the ageing face and skin resurfacing with peels to address the skin texture and imperfections (like age spots and discolorations) in a single treatment session. Many of these techniques have been published in international peer-reviewed journals and are at the forefront of the 3-dimensional facial rejuvenation.

In safe hands!

At Ocean Clinic, we bring together the world’s leading plastic surgeons, specialists in facial fat transfer, with more than 15 years of combined expertise and experience in plastic and cosmetic surgery.

Dr Kai O Kaye | Ocean Clinic
Dr Kai O Kaye

Specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, expert member of the ISAPS association and founder of Ocean Clinic.

Dr Richard M Fakin | Ocean Clinic
Dr Richard M Fakin

Plastic surgeon in Zurich and Madrid, member of the European Board of Plastic Surgery and adjunct professor at the University of Zurich.

Ocean Clinic Group

The top plastic and cosmetic surgery clinic specializing in facial fat transfer, located in Marbella, Madrid and Zurich. With more than 15 years of experience and performing more than 1000 surgeries a year. Medical professionals, modern facilities, trust, experience and security. Come and meet us!

Best plastic and cosmetic surgery clinic. Ocean Clinic Marbella Madrid
Av. Ramón y Cajal, 7
29601 Marbella
Tel. 951 77 55 18
C/ Velázquez nº 109, 1º Izq
28006 Madrid
Tel. 910 56 79 33
Limmatquai 2
8001 Zurich
Tel. (+41) 44 250 95 88