Facial fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) is a procedure to smooth out wrinkles and lines resulting from the natural aging process. In this procedure fat from excessive fat areas are transferred to facial parts where the patients is willing to increase volume for a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are also a great solution for these concerns but a patient’s own tissue contains stem cells that stimulate the growth of new collagen in the face. The fat grafting procedure can also help to recontour the harvest site. The most common facial areas where patients typically consider fat grafting include the cheeks, nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and mouth), and the jawline.
A desirable candidate must have adequate fat in designated “donor area “to be used at the treatment site. Our surgeons begin the procedure by taking fat cells via liposuction from an area with excess fat often the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The extracted fat cells are then filtered and prepared in a sterile environment for reinjection into the targeted facial area. To provide the most natural-looking results the fat transfer is done by injecting tiny amounts of the prepared fat cells at a time permitting smoother result and more subtle transformation. With the fat grafting procedure the results are much long-lasting than that of dermal fillers.
Normal activities can be resumed few days after the fat grafting procedure however this will depend on the procedure and each individual.
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