What Is A Facial Fat Transfer?
Many people dream to have a face free of wrinkles and other fine lines. A facial fat transfer is a safe, effective, and popular method to rejuvenate the face and reduce the visible signs of aging. The procedure is minimally invasive and involves the natural fat transfer from a different part of the body, typically the thighs or abdomen, onto the face.
A fat transfer is primarily designed to restore volume to the cheeks, lips, and jowls, alongside filling lines and wrinkles. As people age, the tissue inside their face starts to lose volume due to a lack of collagen and elastin production. This can make the face appear to be thinner and look older. Before facial fat transfers became popular, patients traditionally had either the choice to undergo surgery, like a facelift, or choose to insert dermal fillers into the face. Surgical procedures can be an issue for people who are not willing to experience an invasive procedure or are on a tight budget. In contrast, injectables are a cheaper alternative, but their results are temporary since they eventually dissolve into the body.
Transfers are most effective on patients who have creased or sunken areas of the face, who are interested in a more long-lasting solution to reverse the signs of aging, and who are healthy and willing to improve their aesthetic appearance. Facial plastic surgeons are also able to take advantage of grafted fat to minimize lines between the nose and mouth and correct other depressions in the skin.
How Does A Facial Fat Transfer Work?
The first element in a transfer is to collect fat from a different part of the body. This makes the procedure advantageous since there are no outside or synthetic materials injected into the face. Fat from the body reduces the chance of an allergic or adverse reaction. Common locations to take fat from include the stomach, love handles, and the thighs. Fat is usually collected via liposuction through a syringe. Fat that is collected is treated in order to remove any excess fluid and get rid of any damaged fat cells.
This ensures the concentrated fat is ready to be injected and will be effective on the face. Our office usually fills four to six syringes of fat per procedure. The actual injection into targeted areas of the face is usually done through grafting cannulas. Fat is injected so it is able to disperse across the face, as inserted fat that pools are often less effective. The plastic surgeon will insert the injection needle in and out of the targeted area to deposit fat in the natural tissue planes of the face.
After insertion, the treated areas will be massaged in order to create an appealing contour with the rest of the face. Some of the injected fat will then be absorbed by the body, but the vast majority stays on the treated areas for a long time. Some of the increase is permanent. The plastic surgeon will place a bandage on the grafted areas in order to facilitate the healing process. Treatment by facial fat transfer is often longer-lasting than traditional dermal fillers. Fat cells will only change size if a patient gains or loses a lot of weight, which is why many plastic surgeons will not agree to do fat transfers or injections unless a patient is near their preferred target weight.
Is The Procedure Right For Me?
A facial fat transfer is optimal for patients who are interested in filling in volume-deficient areas. Aside from filling in the cheeks or jowls, the procedure is also a common way to accentuate the size and shape of the lips. Lip enhancements are able to cover up deficiencies in the lips that might have been caused by scarring, or they can be an effective tool for women who are interested in fuller lips. Fat transfers are advantageous as the results are entirely safe and long lasting and are able to be carried out without invasive surgery. However, facial fat transfers do cost more than dermal fillers since the fat takes more time to prepare and transfer to the face.
Risk factors associated with the procedure are minimal, but do include the slight risk of infection or hematoma/seroma, which is where blood or fluid accumulates under the skin. Following the advice of your plastic surgeon reduces the potential for any complications.
The Recovery Process After A Procedure
Since a facial fat transfer is not very invasive, the recovery period is relatively short and simple. Any incisions on different parts of the body away from the face are very small and are able to be closed with a few stitches. Any pain or bruising post-procedure is usually very mild and disappears quickly. Incisions are carefully made to ensure scars heal as quickly as possible. Cuts are placed in hidden areas of the body to make sure they are not very noticeable. Your face might have some swelling and bruising after a facial fat transfer. In general, these symptoms are relatively mild and should disappear in a short time. Some people choose to take a few days off of work in order to let their face heal after the procedure.
Any after-effects of a transfer should start to heal a few weeks after a procedure. Careful application of makeup can be helpful if you are looking to go out and are interested in covering up any swelling or bruising. Our office works with all patients during the recovery process to make sure the body is healing properly. We call patients in for check-ups to make sure the results are as expected and that people are comfortable after receiving treatment. Results from an effective facial fat transfer are permanent if the injected fat is able to establish new blood supplies from the body. This gives fat the nutrients it needs to sustain and survive. Occasionally, a touch-up procedure might be necessary if the initial results are different than what was expected.
Preparing For A Facial Fat Transfer
We work closely with all patients to make sure any questions are answered before a procedure. You will be given an extensive set of instructions about what to expect, and we also review the medical history of each patient to ensure they are healthy enough for a transfer. Before a procedure, it is important to stop smoking at least six weeks in advance. Smoking can inhibit the body’s ability to heal properly. Additionally, patients should stop taking any sort of anti-inflammatory medication (Advil, Motrin), as they can increase the rate of bleeding.
Above all, be sure to hydrate properly before a facial fat transfer and take steps to arrange a driver. We will collaborate with you on any additional postoperative options to ensure a smooth and seamless recovery.
Your Facial Fat Transfer With Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery In Roseville, CA
Do not feel like you have to settle with wrinkles or fine lines in the face. Schedule a consultation with our office in Roseville, CA, to learn more about how a facial fat transfer can give you a rejuvenated look and renewed self-confidence in your looks. We carefully work with all patients to come up with a treatment plan that is in line with their goals and desires. Contact us today so we can help you achieve the youthful appearance you have always dreamed about.
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