As we age, our faces all naturally begin to lose volume when those fatty deposits that have always given our face its definition begin to diminish. And what do we start to see? Slightly sunken eyes, hollowing cheeks and new wrinkles that all come with this type of facial volume loss. Facial fat grafting will help you regain a more youthful appearance and can sometimes improve problems like scars. It’s commonly used to restore volume in the lips, around the eyes, in the cheeks and the folds that go from the corners of the mouth to the nose. And for many, it’s often considered a more natural method for cosmetic enhancement since it uses the patient’s own tissue.
Facial Fat Grafting – A Three Step Procedure
The facial fat grafting procedure includes three steps. First, fat is removed from another site on the body with a small cannula. Once harvested, the fat goes through a second step: purification. The purification process allows for healthy fat cells to be reintroduced back into the body. In the third and final step, Dr. Chandler injects the harvested fat tissue into the targeted area(s) based on each patient’s desired aesthetic goals. The amount of fat needed will vary based on the area being enhanced, from smoothing scar depressions to treating signs of aging.
The benefits of choosing a facial fat graft to help you address your aging concerns or treat scarring include:
Where Does The Fat For Facial Fat Grafting Come From?
We harvest fat during this procedure with a specialized tiny hollow needle to extract fat cells. Using minimal suction, we take fat from an area of your body where we have identified excess fatty deposits, such as thighs, abdomen or other areas.
How Long Before I See Results?
After facial fat grafting, patients most commonly experience some swelling and bruising, which usually diminishes over the first week. After six months, the fat transferred to the facial area you are having treated will remain long term as part of your newly restored facial fullness and desired definition.
Facial Fat Grafting or Dermal Fillers?
Since dermal fillers will eventually be reabsorbed by the body, Facial Fat Grafting may offer patients a more long-term solution using fat cells that will naturally become part of their body and last for years once in their new location.