Facial Rejuvenation via Fat Transfer
One of the most significant factors of facial aging is the loss of volume, particularly in the chin and mid-face area, that tends to create a sunken or hollow appearance. The natural aging process causes us to lose about 10% of the fat in our face at around the age of 35 and an additional 5-10% every 5-10 years thereafter. By the age of 55 you may have experienced a 40% reduction of the fat in your face, giving a once youthful and plump face a more bony or “deflated” look.
One way to combat rapid facial volume loss due to aging is through a fat transfer (fat grafting) procedure.
Facial Fat Transfer Overview
A facial fat transfer procedure uses a patient’s own fat tissue to increase the volume in the face or other area of the body. Fat is first harvested from an area of the patient’s body using a standard liposuction procedure. Most commonly this fat is harvested from the stomach or inner thighs. Blood and other unwanted ingredients are extracted from the harvested fat, leaving behind pure fat tissue. Finally, the fat tissue is injected into a desired area of the face to instantly add volume.
The fat transfer procedure can be used to plump almost all areas of the face including the cheeks, lips, forehead, nasolabial folds (smile wrinkles next to the mouth), and around the eyes.
Fat Transfer Results
Adding facial volume instantly creates a more youthful appearance by plumping the skin and correcting the over prominent appearance of the underlying bone structure. One benefit of utilizing the patient’s own fat to add volume is that the end result tends to have a very natural appearance.
While a portion of the fat transferred is cannibalized by the body over time the overall result of the transfer can last many years.
Fat Transfer Advantages
- The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed using a local anesthetic
- Little to no recovery time is required for the transfer
- Volume lift is instant and can last for several years
- Provides a natural looking result
- Fat is harvested from the patient’s “problem areas” providing double enhancement.
- The procedure is relatively painless with no scarring.
Who is a good candidate for facial fat transfer?
If you’ve experienced moderate to severe facial volume loss, are in good health, and fall within your ideal weight range you’re a great candidate for the fat transfer procedure. In order to undergo fat transfer patients must have a sufficient amount of harvestable fat. For more information on fat transfer procedures please contact us today.