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Facial fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, has become a very popular method of facial rejuvenation, restoring loss of volume with your own natural fat cells. The primary benefit of the procedure is that is uses your own fat, rich in adipose stem cells that aid in natural regeneration.

How long does fat grafting last?

While injectable dermal fillers are highly popular, provide a beautiful result, and take minutes to administer, they are reabsorbed by the body over time and must be reapplied. Facial fat transfers have the potential to produce long-lasting facial enhancements.

For superior results in natural fat grafting, fat harvesting demands a high degree of skill and biologic mastery. Our doctors lead the medical field with their state-of-the-art private plastic surgery center and are highly accredited for all the procedures they perform.

Facial rejuvenation with natural fat for long-lasting results

Some of the fat transferred will naturally be reabsorbed during the first two months after the procedure and a bit more within the first six months. However, the transferred fat is living tissue and the fat that flourishes after transfer will become an organic part of the area treated. A large part of the success of the outcome depends upon the experience, techniques, and advanced technology used in the procedure. Our double board-certified plastic surgeons are meticulous, dedicated, and experienced. They know how much fat to inject and the best practices foster maximum cell survival.

Facial Fat Transfer

Am I a candidate for a facial fat transfer?

Because a facial fat transfer involves your own fat, the procedure is considered safe, with few side effects. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll review your medical history, give you a physical examination and go over how we can help you rejuvenate your face or body with natural fat. There are a few points to consider regarding eligibility.

  • Are you currently going through a major weight reduction or increase? This fluctuation should be stabilized before the procedure is considered.
  • You want to enhance a specific aspect of your face.
  • You have an adequate amount of fat to harvest from another location of your body.
  • You are in good general health, both mind and body. You do not currently have any medical issues that could prevent healing or fat relocation acceptance such as an autoimmune disease or a cardiovascular condition.
  • You understand what a facial fat transfer can improve, and that absolute perfection is unattainable – but true enhancement is.
  • You do not smoke or agree to quit before and after for several weeks.
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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