Facial Fat Grafting
Though it seems like people these days are constantly seeking ways to remove fat from the body, there are instances in which fat is strategically used to add fullness, contour, and a more youthful appearance. Facial fat grafting is one such procedure in which fat is taken from other parts of the body like the tummy or thighs, and transplanted to the lips, nasolabial folds, and cheeks. The treatment helps reverse signs of aging as collagen and subcutaneous tissues begin to break down.
Facial fat grafting can be considered a more natural approach because it uses your own tissues, moving them from one part of the body to another. Fat grafting can be used as a standalone procedure, or in conjunction with other procedures like a facelift.
Who Can Undergo Facial Fat Grafting?
You may want to consider facial fat grafting if you exhibit atrophy of the facial tissue due to aging, particularly around the eyes, cheeks, jaw line, temples, chin, and forehead. As with many cosmetic surgeries, candidates for facial fat grafting should be in good health and have realistic expectations for treatment. Though the procedure can rejuvenate your appearance, giving you a more youthful look, it will not prevent the emergence of facial wrinkles or other signs of aging.
What Happens During a Facial Fat Grafting Procedure?
Facial fat grafting is performed in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia, and lasts between 2-4 hours. It may be done in conjunction with body contouring procedures involving liposuction. If body contouring is part of your surgical plan, then liposuction will probably be conducted first, as some of the fat retrieved with liposuction will be used in a fat injection.
During a typical treatment, the fat is removed with a syringe from the donor site, and the fat cells are concentrated. Once the removed fat has been processed, it is injected into the appropriate recipient site with a hypodermic needle.
After Facial Fat Grafting Treatment: How Will I Look and Feel?
After facial fat grafting surgery you can expect your face to feel tight and sore, symptoms that will likely be accompanied by mild to moderate swelling and bruising. You may feel some discomfort in the donor site as well. Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed aftercare instructions so that you know how to care for the treated area, as well as when it is ok to return to your activities.
Please contact our plastic surgery office in Glendora if you would like to learn about the benefits and costs of facial fat grafting surgery. We are conveniently located to serve patients in Glendora and LA County, and the patients who live along the I-210 corridor from Pasadena to Rancho Cucamonga, as well as San Dimas and other neighboring communities of the San Gabriel Valley in California.