Fat transfer, also called fat grafting, fat injections and lipofilling, is a procedure that uses a person’s own fat to fill in irregularities and grooves.
The process involves the transfer of fat from the abdomen, flanks, hips and other parts of the body to the face. It enables a person to restore fullness and volume to the face, resulting in a more youthful facial appearance.
What Is a Fat Transfer to Face Procedure?
During a fat transfer to face procedure, an individual uses his or her own body tissue. This eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction or rejection of the tissue. It also means the results of a fat grafting treatment usually last longer than those of other injectable filler procedures.
During a typical fat transfer to face procedure, fat is harvested via a small incision in the neck. Next, the fat is cleansed, concentrated and injected into the desired area of the face to help provide a full facial rejuvenation.
A fat transfer to face procedure enables an individual to address many facial issues, including:
A fat grafting face procedure requires an initial consultation with our dermatology surgeon who will meet with the patient to ensure that he or she is a viable candidate for treatment.
In addition we also review an individual’s medical history to identify any risk factors that may impact surgery results. By doing so, we are able to evaluate an individual’s overall health to determine whether he or she is an ideal candidate for facial fat injections.
The recovery period from a fat transfer to face procedure may last several months. As such, it is important for an individual to prepare accordingly.
After a fat transfer to face surgery, a patient will need to keep his or her head elevated for approximately three to five days. In addition, the patient will need to apply antibiotic ointment to the surgical incisions to minimize the risk of infection.
A patient may experience mild pain in the days after a facial fat transfer procedure. However, the pain usually will dissipate within a few days. In some instances, oral pain medications may be prescribed to help a patient alleviate pain following surgery.
Swelling may last up to three months after a fat transfer to face procedure. Numbness also may occur at various injection sites for up to six months after surgery.
Other indications for Fat transfer include
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