For many, the idea of a youthful appearance starts with smooth, wrinkle-free facial skin. With innovations in facial plastic surgery, achieving this desired look has never been easier. In Roseville, facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Kiener and his team use the advanced facial fat transfer to rejuvenate facial aesthetics. By utilizing highly refined fat taken from another part of the body, this unique procedure allows individuals to enjoy quick recovery and lasting results, compared to other facial rejuvenation solutions.
What is a Fat Transfer?
Facial fat transfer offers a highly effective enhancement that utilizes the patient’s body to promote rejuvenation. This minimally-invasive procedure restores lost tissue volume, allowing patients to look youthful and refreshed. As we age, tissue slowly begins to lose its volume. While part of this can be attributed to a slow-down in collagen and elastin production, the gradual but inevitable loss of facial fat can also cause the face to appear thinner and older.
Until the development of fat transfer, patients had two primary forms of addressing these side effects: Surgery or dermal fillers. While surgical treatments including facelifts can treat severe signs of aging, few patients are willing to make the time and recovery investment associated with surgery. On the other end of the spectrum, while injectables like Juvéderm® and Restylane® can offer temporary solutions however both eventually dissolve into the body.
During the grafting process, fat is first harvested from the thighs or abdomen. Extracted cells are then ultra-refined to purify the fat. There is no possibility of an allergic reaction since the fat comes from your own body. At our Sacramento plastic surgery office, this two-part fat transfer process is used to successfully restore volume to the cheeks, lips, and jowls as well as fill lines and wrinkles, including the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Fat transfer to the face has also been used for lip augmentation to make the lips fuller.
During the recovery stage, some of the fat will be absorbed by the body, although much of it is permanent. The effects of treatment often outlast those achievable with traditional dermal fillers.
What to Expect During Your Fat Transfer Treatment
At Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery, our mission is to ensure patients have all the facts to make the right decision for their bodies and appearance. Starting with your consultation, Dr. Kiener will walk you through the entire fat transfer process to ensure you understand each stage of preparation, treatment, and recovery.
Facial Fat Grafting at Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery
The procedure starts with removing fat for refinement from one part of your body. On the day of your appointment, our Sacramento facial plastic surgeon will make a tiny incision in the site where the fat will be harvested (usually the thigh or abdomen), and insert a small cannula (tube) with a 10cc syringe attached to provide suction and aspirate the fat. We usually fill four to six syringes. This removal of fat is minimal and does not change the appearance of the thigh or abdomen.
The fat is then spun in a centrifuge to remove non-adipose material and make the remaining fat smooth. It is then transferred into smaller syringes to be injected into specific areas of the face. For your comfort throughout the procedure, both the harvesting site and the injection sites can be treated using a local anesthetic.
The facial fat transfer is often completed in conjunction with other facial aesthetic procedures, such as a facelift to tightens sagging skin.
What is Recovery Like?
As the fat transfer to face process is minimally invasive, recovery is a relatively short, straightforward process. The incision on the thigh or abdomen is tiny, so only a few absorbable sutures are needed to close the area. If you experience any bruising, swelling, or discomfort in this area, it should be minor.
The facial injection sites may also experience some slight bruising, swelling, and tenderness, but these symptoms should only last a short time. In the weeks following your procedures, Dr. Kiener will have you come in for check-ups to ensure that you are healing well and that you are happy with your results.
Schedule a Fat Transfer Consultation at Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery
Don’t settle for sagging skin or wrinkles. Call our Roseville facial plastic surgeon for a consultation appointment to discuss fat transfer or other procedures that can help you look more youthful. We look forward to helping you achieve your ideal appearance!