As a natural part of aging, the tissues of the face thin and the skin sags. Acne scars, other scars, thin lips, and lack of contours in the face are also common problems many people face. Facial Fat Grafting is a procedure done to correct these problems. It is a non-invasive procedure that only uses needles. Fat is removed from a collection area on the body and then injected into regions of the face to restore a full and youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate?
Common patients for facial fat grafting are those who have lost the full and attractive contours in their face due to natural aging processes. Fat grafting is effective for treating most cases of unwanted lines, folds, and sagging in facial features. Potential patients who simply are displeased with the contours of their face may be candidates for this procedure as well. Other commons symptoms that can be treated with facial fat grafting are acne scars, depressed scars, and thin lips.
Anesthesia is applied to treatment areas to minimize discomfort during the procedure. No surgical incisions are made during facial fat grafting. A syringe with a cannula is used to collect fat from other areas of the patient’s body, primarily the abdomen or buttocks. This collected fat is cleansed and purified through professional techniques. When the collected fat is ready for implantation, it is injected into the areas of the face where increased contour and filling is desired.
After My Procedure
Upon completion of the Facial Fat Grafting procedure, it is common to experience some discomfort and swelling in the areas that were treated. Bruising in the face is another common effect for postoperative patients who have received facial fat grafting. Patients are expected to be able to return to normal activities a few days after the procedure. Full recovery and normal skin conditions may take up to six weeks to accomplish.
It is important to note that fat is naturally absorbed into the body. It is possible for treated areas to slowly be reabsorbed back into the body, thus lessening the outcomes of this procedure. A facial fat grafting should ideally have lasting results for about three years. Additional treatments may need to be administered if these natural effects occur. This will help to ensure lasting results for this procedure.