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With the advent of the Brazilian Butt Lift, which consists of using liposuction to remove fat from one part of the body and then injecting it for increased volume to the buttocks, harvesting the body's own fat and then reinjecting it elsewhere as a filler is a practice that has been exploding in popularity in recent years – and the face is no exception. As it loses volume over the years due to the ravages of time, autologous fat (fat taken from the same individual) can be the perfect natural filler to gently restore lost volume. Contact Dr. Sheena Kong at her med spa in SF and see if her Bay Area fat transfer procedure is right for you. Dr. Kong has actually transcended the typical fat transfer process and enhanced it with science! She uses the regenerative power of platelet-rich plasma cells to fat transfer sites as well. Learn more about how PRP in Bay Area patients is used in the fat transfer process.

Facial Volume Loss

Collagen is a naturally-occurring substance in the skin that gives it its structure, firmness, and form. As we get older, the amount of collagen present in our skin decreases every year, causing the skin to sag and droop, losing its form. This is only heightened by the effects of gravity pulling the skin downward and, the loss of natural fat in the skin structure, which leaves the skin looking droopy and saggy, rather than firm and youthful.

As we lose facial volume, our faces begin to appear old and tired, and we may appear to be constantly sad or upset. Restoring lost volume to the face has long been a goal of cosmetic practitioners seeking to help their patients look as young as they feel inside.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Half of woman's face

Even during a perfectly executed fat transfer in San Francisco, a certain amount of fat is lost in the transfer process, as some cells naturally die. Particularly in patients who have an overall thin physique and therefore limited stores of accessible fat, optimizing the amount of fat that is kept viable is a critical point. Injecting platelet rich plasma (PRP) to the site of the fat transfer has been associated with significantly higher rates of fat cell survival, and can maximize the benefits and efficacy of a fat transfer procedure. The plasma is taken from the patient's body and can generally be harvested at the same time as the fat in a relatively simple, painless procedure.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong