Facial Fat Transfer 101: What You Need to Know
Despite it showing up in so many places where it’s not always welcome, it turns out there is a use for healthy fat after all. As we age, fatty tissue naturally accumulates in areas of the body like the abdomen, thighs, and love handles, and it leaves areas of the body where we’d like more of it.
One of the areas this starts to show up first, and most apparent, is in the face, which can end up looking aged, gaunt, and hollow, as our cheeks and midface lose the healthy volume they had in our youth.
Putting healthy fat to good use
In a facial fat transfer, healthy fat is harvested from an area where it is abundant, such as the abdomen or thighs. Injections then transfer it into areas of that face that can use refreshing and rejuvenation.
Because the procedure uses your own body’s fat, the possibility of an adverse reaction is virtually zero when done by an experienced plastic surgeon.
Simple and straightforward rejuvenation
A facial fat transfer begins with a personal consultation where the surgeon hears from you on your concerns and goals for the procedure and then assesses how much fat should be injected into what areas of the face to achieve your desired results.
As some of the fatty tissue added will be reabsorbed by your body, a bit more fat than is necessary to achieve your ideal results is injected in the first place, allowing for a great result once that reabsorption has occurred.
Fast improvement that is almost immediately noticeable
Facial fat transfers are usually done in under an hour as an outpatient procedure, and minimal “downtime” is required. No downtime is needed, though you will likely experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising at the injection sites. All of these side effects clear up on their own, usually on the day of the procedure.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a candidate
So if a natural means of enhancing your face and restoring lost volume sounds excellent to you, you’re probably curious if you might be the ideal candidate. The best candidates for a facial fat transfer are anyone, male or female, who has experienced the natural age-related loss of healthy facial volume and now sees less than ideal contours. It’s also an excellent procedure for treating fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin since these usually occur due to a loss of volume. (Botox may be best for treating dynamic wrinkles, but dermal fillers and facial fat transfers are best for static wrinkles.)
Depending on what you hope to achieve with a facial fat transfer, more than one treatment session may be required.
Less invasive than plastic surgery, longer-lasting than dermal fillers
Another reason our patients love facial fat transfer is that though they are a surgical procedure, they are less invasive than facial plastic surgery procedures and longer-lasting than dermal fillers. The results may be permanent.
Contact us today
For more information on facial fat transfers or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact our office at 407-636-5384 or through our website’s online contact form.