One of the most prominent features of facial aging is volume loss. Restoring this volume with fillers or fat can significantly improve facial appearance. Hyaluronic acid fillers have become popular for temporary restoration but fat offers a longer lasting solution. Fat grafting or transfer has created a paradigm shift over the past 10 to 20 years and the indications have increased dramatically. The basic premise involves utilizing liposuction to “harvest” fat cells from areas with extra and unwanted fat and then transfer it to areas where you may need additional volume. Fat grafts have also shown to have other rejuvenating effects on the skin and other tissue due to the growth factors and adult stem cells found with the lipoaspirate. Facial fat grafting can be done separately or combined with a facelift or other facial plastic surgery procedures. It is also commonly used for breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, gluteal augmentation and other reconstructive purposes.
It is important to know that not all the grafted fat survives and the body absorbs some of the grafted fat naturally. A minor touch up procedure may be needed to get a perfect result but we always strive to do it in one.
Ideal candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:
- Facial volume loss
- Breast augmentation
- Buttock enhancement
- Contour deformity
Preparing for your Procedure
As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your Doctor prior to stopping medications.
Fat grafting involves harvesting fat from areas of unwanted or excess fat and processing it and then injecting it through tiny needle point incisions into the areas of need.
The procedure is typically performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist under light anesthesia. However, if it is being done in isolation it can be performed under local anesthesia to numb the areas and with or without oral mediation to help you relax. You may have some bruising and swelling that will subside in 24-72 hours. You may be asked to wear a compression garment in the areas where liposuction was performed. Most people have minimal pain and are ready to be social in 5-7 days. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.
Recovery Time: 5-7 days
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