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Fat Transfer to the Face (FAMI)

Learn More About Fat Transfer Available In Fort Myers & Naples

Fat Transfer or Fat grafting is a stitch-free, virtually pain-free procedure. FAMI transfers fat from areas of the body where you have excess fat, like the abdomen or outer thigh. 

It is then injected into areas of your body that may lack volume, such as your face, hands, and breasts. This procedure is safe and long-lasting. It does not require full anesthesia and produces natural-looking results.

At Frantz Cosmetic Center, we perform cosmetic surgery in Fort Myers to help patients achieve their desired look. We have a board-certified ophthalmologist & cosmetic surgeon, William Ehrlich, MD, FAACS who performs procedures at our state-of-the-art facility.  

What is FAMI? 

FAMI stands for Facial Augmentation by Muscular Injection. It is also referred to as Facial Autologous Mesenchymal Integration, Facial Autologous Muscular Injection, Fat Transfer, or Autologous Fat Injection. 

FAMI is a technique used by cosmetic surgeons to rejuvenate the face by restoring depleted facial volume. Facial augmentation by muscular injection is non-incisional. This means there’s no invasive surgery involved. 

Instead, fat cells (including millions of stem cells) from other areas of the body are extracted. After extraction, they are then injected into various parts of the face. 

FAMI is one of the advanced cosmetic procedures Frantz Cosmetic Center offers patients seeking body contouring in Naples.

Is FAMI Painful? 

Fat transfer to the face is an outpatient procedure that does not require general anesthesia. That is because there’s no cutting or incisions created. With local anesthesia and relaxing medicine used, patients experience only mild discomfort, with very little, if any, pain. 

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Facial Fat Transfer Procedure?

Recovering from a fat transfer procedure may take anywhere between 7-14 days. During the period after the procedure, there may be bruising or swelling, but minimal discomfort. 

This may occur in the regions where fat cells were extracted from. You may also see swelling on the parts of the face that received the fat transfer.  This swelling typically subsides between 10-14 days after the procedure. 

The swelling or bruising is not severe, and you can resume your daily activities within 7-10 days. 

How Long Do the Results of A FAMI Procedure Last? 

Results from an Autologous Fat Injection usually last longer than other types of face lifting procedures. They can last for up to 10 years or more. 

The longevity of post-procedure results is attributed to the fact that natural tissue is used, rather than dermal fillers. When the fat cells are injected into muscles responsible for facial expressions, it improves graft retention. 

What Areas of Your Face Can Be Injected with Fat Cells? 

You can decide to have a FAMI whole face or FAMI partial face procedure. That means either having FAMI performed on your entire face or only on specific areas. 

A FAMI partial face procedure is performed on your cheeks, lips, nose, chin, or eyelids. You can also have it done to address specific issues such as laugh and smile lines.

What are the Benefits of Having a FAMI Procedure?

Advantages of having a fat transfer on your face include:

  • FAMI does not require incisions so your face or the areas where fat cells are removed won’t have any scars, sutures, or marks after the surgery. 
  • Results from an Autologous Facial Injection are long-lasting. That is because the cells naturally restore lost fat.  Your surgeon may “overcorrect” by 20-25%, knowing that some of the fat transferred will be reabsorbed.
  • The patient’s own cells are used in grafting. There is a minimal risk of allergic reactions since no foreign substances are ever introduced into the body.
  • FAMI restores the youthful appearance of the face by eliminating sagging skin, wrinkles, acne scars, and fine lines.
  • FAMI has natural-looking results, where your face looks naturally soft and rejuvenated.

Having a board-certified oculo-facial & cosmetic surgeon is essential when achieving your aesthetic goals during a FAMI procedure. Frantz Cosmetic Center provides patients in Fort Myers, FL, and Naples, FL, with a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon. 

Rest assured that for all your cosmetic procedures, you’re in capable hands with Dr. Ehrlich.

What are the Risks Associated with FAMI? 

Complications resulting from a FAMI procedure are rare, mainly because a natural filler is used. Cases of facial fat necrosis and acute inflammation have been observed. 

These are rare. Talk to your doctor about any concerns that you may have before a cosmetic procedure.

You Can Consider Fat Transfer When:

  • You have facial areas that appear sunken and have lost volume
  • You desire more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers
  • You desire a more cost-effective filler
  • You want to improve your body contour, revise scars, fill depressions and rejuvenate your hands, face, or breasts.
  • For use in breast reconstruction, to fill in contour irregularities, hide obvious signs of breast implants, improve asymmetry, heal signs of radiation, or enlarge the breasts in a natural, safe manner.  Some women are using their own fat to provide breast volume after breast “explantation” (removing implants) to avoid systemic effects of silicone.

Am I A Good Candidate for A Fat Transfer?

The purpose of fat grafting is to augment or fill in volume-deficient areas. Commonly treated areas include the hands, face (including the lips), depressions in the skin (following liposuction and scarring) and the breast. Of course, you must have donor sites from which fat can be taken.

Facial fat transfer: 

If you have signs of facial aging, such as laugh lines, smile lines, and crow’s-feet, fat can be removed from your abdomen, thighs, flanks, or other areas and be injected into your face. Acne scars and sunken areas of the face, temples, lips, and cheeks can also be filled in. 

Unlike artificial fillers, the fat lasts for years.

Breast enhancement: 

If you desire a moderate increase in breast size or improvement in breast shape, you are a good candidate for fat grafting to the breast.

Breast asymmetry: 

If you’re bothered by uneven breasts, fat transfer is the natural way to achieve a more symmetrical look.

Hand rejuvenation with fat grafting: 

Fat grafting in the hands is effective for adding volume, smoothing out wrinkled areas, covering underlying vessels and tendons and improving the quality of your skin over time. Results can last for many years.

What is a SMAS Minimal Incision Face Lift? 

SMAS is the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System. It’s a layer of tissue found beneath the skin, beginning from the collarbone to the forehead. 

A SMAS facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that alters the SMAS layer to tighten it. The procedure addresses issues such as sagging skin, jowls, excess fat, and hollow cheeks giving them a firmer appearance. 

Compared to a regular facelift, SMAS is less invasive and has less recovery time.

What is the Difference Between SMAS and Earlier Facelift Techniques?

The main difference between SMAS and earlier facelift procedures is what SMAS targets. SMAS targets the deeper tissue layers of the face instead of the skin. 

Previous procedures involved pulling back the skin. The SMAS facelift seeks to change inner tissues connected to the skin. By lifting the inner tissues, the skin is also repositioned. 

Dr. Ehrlich’s experience and use of the latest technology allows for quick recovery and natural results.

Safe Cosmetic Procedures in Fort Myers and Naples 

Common cosmetic surgery procedures besides FAMI include Botox and facial fillers, upper and lower eyelid surgery, minimal incision neck lifts, and actual liposuction of the body. If you need cosmetic surgery in Naples for any of these procedures, Dr. Ehrlich is your go-to surgeon. 

He performs both non-invasive techniques such as FAMI and minimally invasive cosmetic surgery for patients interested in body contouring in Fort Myers.

Whatever your reasons for cosmetic surgery, Dr. Ehrlich at Frantz Cosmetic Center offers world-class facilities for your treatment. Dr. Ehrlich is acutely aware that how you look can affect your everyday happiness and confidence. 

As such, he will expertly handle your case with the utmost discretion and sensitivity to deliver the results you desire.

If you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for these procedures. To learn more about Fat Transfer available in the Fort Myers and Naples area, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ehrlich by calling 239.418.0999 or schedule a consultation online now!


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12731 New Brittany Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907

(239) 418-0999


2500 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples, FL 34103

(239) 430-3939


3515 Del Prado Blvd. South 
Cape Coral, FL 33904

(239) 542-4123

punta gorda

109 Taylor Street 
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(941) 505-2020

lehigh acres

3020 Lee Blvd. 
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

(239) 369-2010

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