One of the best ways to produce long-lasting facial rejuvenation results is transferring fat to areas of the face that have lost volume. This is because the process of aging is caused by a decrease in volume normally created by fat and collagen. Restoring volume can fill in wrinkles and better contour the profile with long-term results. It also comes with little risk of complication from reaction or rejection of the tissues, since the fat comes from your own body.
Who is a Good Candidate for Fat Grafting?
The most important consideration for fat grafting is whether you’re healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure like liposuction. Additionally, it’s important to determine whether you have sufficient fatty deposits from which to collect fat cells. Patients that benefit most from facial fat transfer are those who have tried non-surgical treatments like injectables and are looking for more long-term results. You can also greatly benefit from facial fat grafting if you’re looking to slim down certain areas of your body and would like to achieve volume in other areas.
How does Fat Grafting Work?
Fat grafting begins with determining which areas can be used as donor sites from which to collect fat cells. Then, a small incision is made, and a cannula is inserted to break up the fat and suction it out. The collected fat is then processed and purified for the injection process. The injection process can involve many small and precise injections to ensure that a flattering profile is created and that your results look natural.
Different Ways Fat Grafting is Used
Fat grafting offers an effective alternative to injectable treatments or skincare procedures that produce only short-term results. Fat grafting is the preferred method for many patients because their own fat will not fade or wear off over time. It also comes with little chance of allergic reaction or rejection after the injection process. Some of the most common ways that facial fat grafting is used include:
Deep wrinkles and folds are most often created by a lack of volume under the skin, causing it to sag and fold. This can be most obvious in areas like the midface where nasolabial lines and marionette lines can form around the mouth and nose. Fat grafting can fill in these wrinkles while producing natural-looking results and a natural range of movement.
One common sign of aging is a loss of volume in the face that causes it to look shapeless and sunken. This can commonly occur in the cheeks, which lose their youthful fat, shape, and roundness. Fat grafting can restore this shape, filling out the cheeks and reducing the appearance of gaunt or sunken cheeks.
What is the Fat Grafting Healing and Recovery Process Like?
Fat grafting requires a few days of downtime while your body recovers, and your small incisions heal. During this time, you can expect some swelling and bruising, as well as discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medications. You may be asked to wear a compression garment over your donor areas during this time, since this can help the skin adhere to the new contours and reduce swelling. Fat grafting can require a few months before you see your best results, and it’s common to over-correct the fat transferred to the treatment area because some volume will be lost over time. During a consultation with Dr. Mohan, we can give you the best idea of what to expect from your recovery timeframe and your expected results.