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Washington, D.C. Plastic Surgeon

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Northern Virginia

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Christopher Chang MD

As we grow older, volume loss can become pronounced around the cheeks, eyes, and jawline. Areas of the face that were once full and youthful can appear sunken and creased as the years pass by. Facial fat transfer can restore volume to specifically targeted areas of the face, filling in the cheeks, eyes, temples, or firming up the jawline, to produce a dramatically more youthful facial appearance.

Natural fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure, using excess fat from your own body and requiring only tiny incisions. Because the procedure uses your own fat cells, there is no chance of your body rejecting a foreign substance. Facial fat transfer is a very safe procedure with minimal downtime that produces natural-looking, long-lasting, beautiful results.

Dr. Christopher C. Chang is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in the face. He has particular expertise in fat grafting authoring several landmark studies of the science of fat grafting. He takes a holistic approach to treating his patients, considering the big picture as well as the immediate procedure, and ensuring that all aspects of treatment are geared to bring about the most pleasing, attractive appearance. We provide facial fat transfer and a range of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. Our practice serves Washington DC. and surrounding areas, including Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

What Is Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial fat transfer is a fat grafting procedure in which excess fat cells are transferred from other areas of the body, such as the outer thighs or abdomen, and injected into areas of the face that are lacking volume. Dr. Chang can gently and selectively extract, purify, and preserve healthy fat cells and inject them into facial areas that need more volume. This process can add volume to the cheeks, improve the contours of the jawline, and fill in hollow areas to restore pleasing, youthful contours to the face.

How is facial fat transfer performed?

Facial Fat Transfer Washington DC

Facial fat transfer is performed in a simple, 3-step process:

  • Fat removal: The first step is liposuction to remove an adequate supply of excess fat from a donor site, which could be the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, hips, or even the jowls. The fat is extracted using special tiny cannulas (thin metal tubes) and low suction ultra-sound to minimize damage to the harvested fat cells.
  • Fat cell purification: When enough fat cells for the procedure are collected, they are spun in a centrifuge to separate the fat from the liquids also extracted in the liposuction process. Any damaged fat cells are removed, leaving whole, purified, healthy cells for the fat transfer.
  • Fat injection: At this point, Dr. Chang will have already identified and marked each site on your face for fat injection. Using a hypodermic syringe, he will inject the fat cells at the proper depths to add volume, fill in sunken areas, and enhance the contours and appearance of your face.

Facial fat transfer can be used to improve creases between the eyebrows and in the forehead, hollows under the eyes, and contours around the nose. It can improve the area between the nose and the upper lip, the temples, the jawline, and any area of the face or neck where volume has been lost. Fat transfer is a very nice option for those who aren't ready to receive a full Facelift Washington DC patients would normally get. If you would like to learn more about this minimally-invasive procedure that produces natural, long-lasting, great-looking results, call our office for a consultation with Dr. Christopher C. Chang.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated April 2nd, 2020

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are closing the practice until April 24th.

Your health and well-being is our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until at least April 24th.
  • The office will be minimally or remotely staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an accredited medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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