With age, a person’s face can lose volume and look sunken and gaunt. It can make you older than you are and also make you look tired all the time. One solution for rejuvenating your face is to opt for fat grafting.
Fat Grafting for the Face
Fat grafting refers to a procedure where fat is transferred from one body part to another. The transfer is done using liposuction on areas where you have excess fat such as the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. The harvested fat cells are then used to correct a problem in the face or other areas.
Fat grafting for the face is done to add volume to areas like the cheeks, lips, or in the undereye area. It can be done to fill creases and lines around the mouth and on the chin. You can also use it to treat superficial scars.
Your doctor will determine the body parts from which fat will be harvested. This step of the procedure will be done using local anesthesia. The harvested fat is then purified for the procedure and injected into the face.
Your doctor will also discuss your medical history before the procedure. You may need to stop using blood-thinning or pain-relieving medicines for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
Recovery and Results
You can go home a few hours after the treatment is finished. You will need to rest and follow care instructions given by your doctor until your healing is complete. You may have a bit of swelling after the procedure, but this is normal and subsides in a few days. The results will be visible as the swelling reduces and the skin heals.
The results from fat grafting can last for a long time. The procedure will not halt the body’s normal aging process, but your face will be rejuvenated and will appear fuller again. Some people do not require another session again, while others may need one or more sessions depending on their requirements.
The Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting
One of the biggest benefits of fat grafting is that you are using your own body fat as a filler material. It means that there is no chance of an allergic reaction. The process is safe when performed by an experienced and qualified doctor.
Due to the use of body fat, the results look natural. It won’t appear as you have had any work done.
The procedure doesn’t require use of general anesthesia and is minimally invasive. The fat removal and transfer are done using injections. For these reasons, the recovery is not a long process and the procedure is easier to tolerate.
Contact Us for a Consultation
The best way to find out more about the facial fat transfer is by contacting our office and scheduling a consultation. During your initial consultation with double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Keegan, you can discuss your options to correct wrinkles and volume loss. Based on your skin and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Keegan can recommend the ideal procedure for you.