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Micro fat transfer in San Diego is one of the most popular and common procedures we perform here at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery. Our practice is among the busiest fat transfer centers in the world. Having performed over 4,000 fat transfers, it is essentially the cornerstone of our facial rejuvenation program. The main reason for this is that it is extremely effective and the results are permanent. Dr. Karam’s repeated successful outcomes are a result of his artistry, meticulous technique and experience with this procedure.

We perform this procedure alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelifts and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). The key to success is highly based on the surgeon’s experience and technical abilities. Dr. Karam is among the most experienced facial fat transfer surgeons in La Jolla and throughout San Diego, not to mention the rest of the country.


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The procedure is most commonly performed under local anesthesia with a light oral or IV sedation. Patients go home the same day with little discomfort and essentially no downtime. Bruising is variable.

Expected outcomes

The long-term efficacy of transferred fat that has been documented in numerous studies, however, results are extremely technique-dependent. This means that not all fat transfers are the same. Dr. Karam’s success with this procedure and his ability to get excellent long-lasting results is a based on his unique technique and experience.

Post-operative course

Other than a very small incision at the fat harvesting site, no incisions are made in the face.

Other than a very small incision at the fat harvesting site, no incisions are made in the face. The most common post procedure issues are swelling and bruising. This is often minimal and resolves in 1-2 weeks. Patients usually return to normal activity within a week. The more regions of the face that are treated, the more time it takes for the swelling to settle.

How can I move forward with my San Diego fat grafting procedure?

If you think you might be a good candidate for treatment with fat injections, the best course of action is to contact Dr. Karam at his private, comfortable San Diego, CA offices and set up a consultation.

During this first meeting with the doctor, he will examine your skin and face, review your medical history and enquire as to any previous cosmetic treatments. He will then begin to devise a customized plan of action for addressing your most pressing aesthetic issues.

Dr. Karam will answer all your questions and concerns in depth, going over such important topics as costs, risks and benefits; recovery and downtime; and of course, what you can expect from your results.

Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

In light of the new state-wide guidelines we will we will not be performing surgery for the time being, all current patients that need followup post-surgery visits will be done through virtual consultation. We will be scheduling surgery for the future when we anticipate the quarantine will be lifted. In the meantime we are available by phone and email and we will be performing virtual consultations for all new patients. We will be contacting patients over the next week as needed to reschedule, and keeping folks updated via our website and social media on any changes. We will continue to see any current patients needing care in our office. Please contact us to set up your virtual consultation.

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