As we age, our faces naturally begin to lose volume. As structure-giving collagen decreases, skin begins to sag, and the fat deposits that give our features definition begin to slip away. Common complaints during aging include hollow cheeks and sunken eyes, in addition to the wrinkles that accompany this decrease in facial volume.
How long will it take to produce the aesthetic result of facial fat grafting?
The recovery following facial fat grafting involves some swelling and bruising, which diminishes within approximately one week. After six months, the fat transferred to the facial area such as cheeks, temples or other areas remains for the long term as part of your natural facial structure.
Will facial fat transfer be painful?
The discomfort involved in facial fat grafting is minor and easily managed with oral pain medication. The area from which the fat has been extracted and the area of the face into which the purified fat is injected will both feel tender for a few days after the procedure.
Will I be put under anesthetic?
Every patient has a different response to pain. Typically, facial fat grafting involves intravenous sedation in conjunction with local anesthetic. We discuss your individual thoughts about how you respond to minor pain or fear of pain to determine how to make the procedure comfortable for you.
Why is facial fat transfer considered superior to dermal fillers?
Many patients are looking for a longer-term solution. Dermal fillers will eventually be reabsorbed by the body. In the facial fat transfer procedure, the transferred fat cells become part of your body and will flourish for years ahead in the new location.
How is the fat harvested for facial fat grafting?
To harvest fat during facial fat grafting, a specialized cannula (tiny hollow needle) is employed. The size of the parcel of extracted fat cells is an important point in future viability when transferred to the new location. The suction used in the process is very gentle so fewer cells are damaged in the extraction process. It will be harvested from an area of the body with excess fatty deposits, such as thighs, buttocks, or love handles.