Benefits of Cheek and Lip Contouring
The benefits of cheek and lip contouring using the patient’s own fat include:
- Long-lasting, natural-looking results
- Minimal to no risk of allergic reaction since it uses the body’s own tissues
- Customizable enhancement based on the patient’s unique facial anatomy and aesthetic goals
- Minimal downtime and quick recovery
- Creates a more heart-shaped face and plumper lips
- Creates a better balance between features
- Can soften lines around the mouth and rejuvenate the face
Dr. Kam creates beautiful results aligning with each patient’s unique beauty.
Ideal Candidates for Cheek and Lip Contouring
If you’re considering cheek and lip contouring, you might be wondering if you’re a suitable candidate for this feminization procedure.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals who:
- Are in good general health
- Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve
- Are looking to restore or enhance facial volume, particularly in the cheeks and lips
- Are seeking a rejuvenated, softer, feminine appearance
- Are willing to follow pre-and post-procedure care instructions
Dr. Kam will conduct a thorough consultation to determine if you’re a good candidate for cheek and lip contouring.
The Cheek and Lip Contouring Procedure
The process of cheek and lip contouring with fat transfer involves several steps. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what you can expect:
- Consultation: During your initial consultation, Dr. Kam will discuss your aesthetic goals, assess your features, and review your medical history and current medications. This will help her to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
- Fat Harvesting: On the day of the procedure, Dr. Kam will begin by harvesting fat from a selected area of your body, usually the abdomen or thighs. This is done through a small incision. The anesthesia administered may be local with an option for sedation if done alone, or general when combined with other feminization procedures.
- Fat Purification: The harvested fat is then purified to separate the fatty cells from other tissues. This ensures that only the highest quality fat cells are used for the injections.
- Fat Injection: The purified fat is then injected into the cheeks and lips. Dr. Kam uses a meticulous technique to ensure the fatty tissue is evenly distributed.
- Post-Procedure Care: After the process, you’ll be given specific aftercare instructions to follow. This will include advice on how to ensure the best possible results.
Recovery and Aftercare
Recovery from cheek and lip contouring is relatively quick, as it is a same-day procedure. However, patients should expect mild swelling and bruising after the procedure for up to 2 weeks.
During recovery, patients are advised to:
- Avoid strenuous activities for a few days
- Keep the treated area clean and dry
- Apply cold compresses to help reduce swelling
- Take prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Kam
It’s important to note that while the results of cheek and lip contouring are long-lasting, there may be some loss of the transferred fat during the initial healing period. However, a significant portion of the transferred fat will remain, providing a lasting improvement in facial volume and contour.
Results of Cheek and Lip Contouring
Cheek and lip contouring with fat transfer is an excellent feminization surgery for achieving a more delicate facial shape. The transfer of fatty tissue creates fuller, softer volume to the cheeks and lips, with many patients reporting a more youthful, rejuvenated, feminine appearance.
The transferred fat blends with the existing facial tissue, creating a smooth, delicate contour to the cheeks and lips. While some fat may be reabsorbed over time, a significant amount remains for lasting effects. Once swelling and bruising resolve within the first several weeks, the final feminine, softened facial features will be evident.
Why Choose Dr. Kam for Cheek and Lip Contouring?
To get the best possible results from your cheek and lip contouring procedure, it’s essential to select the right surgeon. Her expertise and meticulous technique ensure that fat is evenly distributed, creating a more natural look.
Here are some reasons why you should consider Dr. Kam for your cheek and lip contouring procedure:
- She is a board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon with additional fellowship training in facial plastic surgery.
- She has a reputation for achieving natural-looking results.
- She utilizes a precise technique to ensure the even distribution of fatty tissue during procedures.
- She provides a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
- She is committed to patient safety and satisfaction.
Cost of Cheek and Lip Contouring
The cost of cheek and lip contouring can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors. These include the extent of treatment needed, the specific techniques used, and the geographical location of the procedure. It’s also important to note that since cheek and lip contouring is a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered by health insurance.
During your consultation, Dr. Kam will provide an estimate of the cost based on your personalized treatment plan. While cost is certainly a consideration, it’s crucial to remember that the skill and experience of your facial plastic surgeon are the most important factors in achieving the best results.
Cheek and Lip Contouring FAQ
Lip contouring enhances the natural shape of your lips, making them appear plumper, fuller, and more defined. This is achieved by transferring fat from other parts of your body, such as the abdomen or thighs, to your lips. The result is a plumper, more feminine appearance.
Cheek contouring aims to provide volume and definition to the cheeks. This is especially beneficial for individuals who have experienced volume loss due to aging or were born with smaller cheekbones. By transferring fat from other parts of the body to the cheeks, Dr. Kam can create a fuller, more youthful, feminine facial contour that enhances your natural features.
The cheek and lip contouring procedure typically takes approximately one hour to complete. However, the exact duration may vary depending on the extent of treatment required and the individual patient’s specific needs.
Recovery from cheek and lip contouring is relatively quick, with most patients able to return to routine household activities the next day. Mild swelling, redness, and bruising are common afterward, but these symptoms typically subside within 2 weeks. Dr. Kam will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process.
As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with cheek and lip contouring. These may include pain, bleeding, infection, hematoma, asymmetry, and lumpiness. However, Dr. Kam’s extensive training and meticulous technique minimize these risks, making the process safe for most patients.
While non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers can provide temporary improvements in facial volume and contour, they cannot offer the same long-lasting, natural-looking results as cheek and lip contouring with fat transfer.
Facial implants are a great alternative for patients who do not have enough fat tissue for fat transfer, but prefer a permanent solution.
Cheek and lip contouring is an individualized procedure and it is always best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kam so she can provide you with an accurate cost based on your unique goals. The most important factors to consider for any surgical procedure are the skill and experience of the facial plastic surgeon. Many patients report that the benefits of Cheek and Lip Contouring are worth far more than the price.