Facial fat grafting

Facial fat grafting

Fat grafting (also known as fat transfer or lipofilling) is a minimally invasive procedure in which fat is taken from one part of the body and added to another, thereby increasing or restoring ‘volume’ to that area. As the fat comes from your own body, there is little risk of side effects, such as infection and rejection.

Fat grafting to the face is commonly performed and specific areas that are treated include;

  • Marionette lines (deep grooves that run down from the corner of the lips to the chin)
  • Nasolabial folds (deep grooves that run between the nose and the lips)
  • Flattened cheeks
  • Hollow eyes
  • Thin lips

Facial fat grafting can be used to tighten the facial skin and to smooth out certain types of irregularities.

How is facial fat grafting done?

Fat grafting is a straightforward procedure, but there are several steps to the process. The first step is the removal of fat from selected areas of the body using a liposuction technique. These areas include the stomach, hips, thighs and buttocks. The liposuction is done through small incisions that leave minimal scarring.

Following retrieval, fat is carefully prepared for injection. The fat is gently injected into the different parts of the face using a very fine cannula (hollow tube). This serves to rejuvenate the skin and recontour depressions. Your surgeon may overfill the areas with the knowledge that some of the fat will ‘melt’ and absorbed by your body.

How effective is facial fat grafting?

Most people see an immediate improvement after facial fat grafting. The face may appear ‘over filled’ at first but this is due to swelling which quickly settles. At around 3 months, the final result is achieved. Please bear in mind that fat grafting is not permanent and with advancing age it is entirely natural to continue to lose fat from your face. Changes in weight after surgery can also affect the outcome of facial fat grafting.

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