Facial fat grafting is a procedure used to add volume to areas of the face. This can mean evening out hollow areas, augmenting the lips, or erasing folds, creases, acne scars, and wrinkles. A number of shallow and deep facial wrinkles can be dealt with, including nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, glabellar lines, and marionette lines.
This minimally invasive procedure can provide balance to the facial features and can help a person appear younger and more beautiful. If you’re feeling like the effects of age are more pronounced than you would like, facial fat grafting may be your best bet.
Facial fat grafting is seen as an alternative to Botox and dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. It lasts much longer than any of these, and the fat cells ensure that the treated areas feel natural.
Fat grafting is also known as autologous fat transfer. The word “autologous” means that the transferred fat comes from one’s own body. This quality means that no allergic reactions will occur and that the material will not be rejected by the body.
The fat cells used for the transfer come from the patient’s trouble areas, such as the thighs, buttocks, and abdominal area. Thus, not only does it aid in improved facial proportions, it also results in better proportions for the body.
As a whole, the fat grafting procedure takes anywhere from one to two hours or more. First, local anesthesia is used to numb the donor site. After an incision is made in this area, fat cells are suctioned from it using liposuction. The incision is then closed.
The harvested fat is purified using a process that removes any extraneous liquids and damaged or dead cells. Once the fat cells have become viable for injection, they are carefully injected by Dr. Berhane into various areas of the face with smaller syringes. This is a precise process and involves repeated depositing of fat cells at different tissue depths.
Your transferred fat cells must connect to the blood supply in order to last. Therefore, the more time and care taken when injecting, the more of the grafted fat will last. Since not all the fat cells will last, the target areas will often be filled more than the target amount in order to compensate.
To avoid any migration of the newly transferred cells during recovery, avoid any pressure in the injected areas. It’s also helpful to keep your facial expressions more neutral rather than extreme.
Bruising and swelling will be present during the first week after the procedure. After two to three weeks, these should disappear. To aid in the reduction of swelling in the liposuction area, a compression garment may be recommended for the area.
Typically, patients can resume normal activities around the home within around three days following the fat grafting procedure. It’s also recommended that you take one to two weeks off of work in order to rest and fully recover.
Once the fat grafting recovery process is complete, your results will be apparent and enviable. To learn more and get started with your procedure, contact the office of Dr. Berhane and make an appointment. Contact us today for a consultation.