Ben Talei, MD
Board Certified.
Dual Fellowship Trained.
Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Fat Transfer / Fat Injection / Fat Grafting

Dr. Ben Talei at the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery is a dedicated specialist to facial cosmetics, reconstruction and rejuvenation. He has developed a significant number of uses for Fat Transfer and Fat Grafting to treat a variety of needs. Dr. Talei is also a specialist in Revision Fat Grafting, often treating patients who have had suboptimal outcomes.

How Does Fat Grafting Work?

Fat transfer has many uses based on the utilization of fat for volumization and camouflage as well as using fat for its regenerative potential. The source of fat varies, but it is most commonly taken from the anterior abdomen by means of liposuction and micro-liposuction. The use of Micro-Liposuction cannulas decreases the risk of irregularities. Other areas such as the inner thighs are commonly used as well.

Next, the fat is immediately purified and injected with micro-cannulas into the intended areas. This can easily be done under local anesthesia although many patients elect to receive some form of anesthesia. Fat Grafting is extremely technique-dependent meaning results can very significantly from provider to provider. In general, younger patients tend to have a higher take rate for grafting integration but this is not always the case. For the individual patient, the probability cannot be accurately predicted despite data presented by published studies.

Multi-Level fat grafting is the most commonly used technique. This places fat cells (adipocytes) into different tissue layers increasing the chance of graft survival and decreasing the chance of irregularities. Once the fat cells integrate they can grow naturally with the body just like the surrounding cells. Because take rates vary from patient-to-patient and side-to-side, many practitioners treat fat grafting as a staged procedure. Instead of addressing the entire region with one procedure, the final result is sometimes best achieved using two or three procedures. More fat can always be injected at a later time, but the fat once integrated is difficult to remove.

In situations where a larger volume of augmentation is needed, such as with atrophic or sunken defects, dermal fat or composite fat grafts may be used. This involves the removal of a larger segment of fat with or without the use of the overlying skin. This type of grafting is very useful and successful with the only limitation being the thickness of the graft.

Do I Need Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting can be used for cosmetic purposes as well as reconstructive. Fat grafting is a wonderful procedure to use in facial rejuvenation. As people age, the fat pads on the anterior cheek tend to droop with gravity. Some patients may also experience volume loss, although this is not the case with all patients. The patients most commonly encountering volume loss are those with recent weight loss or a high muscle-to-fat ratio such as those avidly involved in weight training and exercise. This may cause a gaunt appearance with flattening of the anterior cheek and deepening of the tear troughs and under eyes. Fat can be harvested and replaced in multiple planes in the cheek both laterally and anteriorly. Care must be taken to avoid superficial injection near the tear troughs where irregularities are commonly seen following fat transfer.

Another area where caution must be used are the lips. Although dermal fat grafts and Lateral SMAS grafts demonstrate outstanding results, micro fat transfer with cannulas should be performed judiciously if at all. Irregularities are sometimes seen with free fat injection and are difficult to repair.

The reconstructive uses of fat grafting include patients with lipodystrophy, facial asymmetry, hemifacial microsomia, facial paralysis, bony defects, and even in burn patients. Fat grafting in burn patients has shown promising results by improving contracture from deep scarring.

At the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery, we use the most advanced techniques for fat grafting, providing our patients with the most natural and rejuvenating results. A consultation may help you learn more and determine your candidacy for these procedures. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben Talei.

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Based on 15 reviews

Peter S.
Literally one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the world. You will NOT regret being treated by this highly skilled professional. He's a mensch, too.
darci t.
I am absolutely ecstatic about my results!!!!!! I am a model and actress as well as an occasional TV host. I have been performing upkeep for my face and lips in Beverly Hills for years and I was convinced I was with the most talented and famous surgeons and dermatologists, but boy was I wrong! One visit with Dr. Talei and my life has changed. He clearly and quickly explained the slow imbalance which had happened in my lips and face over time and we planned for a lip lift procedure. I did this under local anesthesia with no pain at all! He's the ONLY surgeon who can do this with NO scarring. All other doctors I reviewed had scars on at least half their patients. Now all of my friends in plastic surgery and fashion compliment me much more and they have no idea what I had done. This man is AMAZING!!!!
Jennette C.
I went to Dr Talei for under eye filler using Restylane. Dr Talei was very thorough with each step in the process and made me feel very comfortable. The procedure was quick and painless! My under eyes have always been an insecurity for me and when I looked in the mirror after he was done I was beyond impressed with his work. I felt more confident and beautiful. I was able to leave his office and go right back to work! I highly recommend Dr Talei. He's friendly, has a lovely staff and truly cares about making his patients happy.
Lauren F.
My experience with Dr. Ben Talei was very positive. He answered all my questions prior to the procedure and made me feel very comfortable. Before meeting him, I had heard all the rave about his work, and I am so glad I went through with the visit. I was very insecure with my "eleven" deep wrinkles in between my eyebrows, he was very fast and clean with this procedure and I couldn't be more grateful for this minor adjustment that has brought me a major confidence boost. Thank you Dr. Talei
Bryan B.
Ben is a skilled professional. I would have no hesitation recommending Ben and his team to my friends or family. He is passionate about his work and this passion shows in the exceptionally high standard of care that he provides to his patients (both in his practice and in his humanitarian work). You’re in good hands with Ben and his staff!
Danielle B.
I used to see Dr Ben in New York and now I fly to LA to see him. I have no room for error and he is absolutely the only plastic surgeon I trust. Everyone else seems to be out for money. Every time I'm in his waiting room all I hear is praises and how he's the greatest. I completely agree. He's the most talented surgeon I've ever seen. It's worth the flight
Kelly H.
I have worked in health care in Los Angeles for over 20 years and have always hesitated in referring plastic surgeons to my clients. Dr. Ben Talei, MD is in a class of his own. I am so pleased to be able to refer to Dr. Talei without hesitation, and consistently receive outstanding feedback on him. Dr. Talei brings a wealth of experience and exceptional skill, along with cutting edge techniques to his practice. Not only does Dr. Talei excel in every facet of care, but he has also cultivated a warm, kind and patient bedside manner that is second to none. Dr. Talei's office is a dynamic patient focused environment, I urge you to visit him!
Holly K.
Ben is amazing! Was my first time getting botox and it was virtually painless. Marks were gone in minutes. Thanks Ben you're the best!!!