Enhance the look of your face by adding volume with facial fat grafting
Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer to the face or fat injections, is a cosmetic procedure that uses your own fat cells to reduce facial aging. The cheeks can appear sunken and hollow as the natural aging process begins to diminish fullness and volume in the youthful contours of the face. Creases and wrinkles may also become more prominent, and jowling along the jawline may develop.
Fat grafting can be an effective facial rejuvenation treatment for restoring volume loss in the face and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and facial folds. The procedure employs your own body fat, harvested via liposuction from a fat-rich region of the body, to strategically add volume to facial creases and sunken areas.
The harvested fat is purified before being redistributed into the face, and using your own fatty tissue eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction.
As you get older, your face loses the volume and shape it had when you were younger. Facial fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transplantation or lipoinjection, is a procedure that uses fat cells extracted from other parts of your body to fill in features of your face.
This fat can be extracted from your abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or anywhere else on your body. It can fill in sunken cheeks and the eye area, reduce line folds and scars, and increase lip size when injected beneath the facial skin.
If other facial cosmetic procedures level your face’s “mountains,” facial fat grafting fills in the “valleys.”
The grafting procedure can produce natural-looking and feeling results. It can be used to improve the outcomes of larger reconstructive or cosmetic procedures, or it can be used as a stand-alone technique to restore a more youthful appearance.
Am I a good candidate for facial fat grafting?
Patients who want to add natural-looking volume to areas of their face can benefit from facial fat grafting. Fine lines, wrinkles, Crow’s feet, smile lines, and laugh lines can all be successfully filled in with a facial fat transfer.
The results of facial fat grafting can last much longer than other anti-aging injectables and dermal filler treatments for the right candidate. Rhe surgeon can examine your medical history and facial anatomy to recommend the best rejuvenation procedure for you. Fat grafting of the face is usually most successful in people who have the following cosmetic concerns:
Cheekbones or temples that have sunk
Smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds and creases,
A hollowed out appearance under and around the eyes
Along the jawline, jowling
Facial folds or lines that are noticeable
You must have enough excess fat on your body to achieve your fat transfer to face goals in order to be a candidate for the procedure.
What to expect from a facial fat transfer surgery?
Depending on your specific aesthetic concerns, facial fat grafting is a versatile procedure that can achieve a variety of cosmetic goals. The body area used to harvest the fat cells—typically the medial knees, thighs, hips, or abdomen—can also be contoured using liposuction in conjunction with the fat grafting procedure. A surgeon tailors the surgery to the specific goals of each patient’s treatment plan. In general, fat grafting can be used to improve:
Cheek volume loss
Lip volume loss
Fullness loss along the jawline
Reduced volume in the temples
Under and around the eyes, there are sunken areas.
Deep creases that run from the nose to either side of the mouth (referred to as “marionette lines”)
Facial folds, wrinkles, and shallow scarring in the face can all be treated with facial fat grafting, which can produce very natural-looking and long-lasting results.
For a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation, patients frequently combine fat grafting treatment with other enhancement procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift.
How is Fat Transfer to the Face Performed?
The fat grafting procedure is divided into two parts. First, a cannula, which is a very thin tube, is used to gently extract fat from a body area that has an adequate amount of excess fatty tissue.
This is accomplished using manual liposuction techniques with a 10 cc syringe, which generally allows for optimal surgical control and fat graft survival when transferring fat cells.
Following that, the fat is centrifuged to remove excess oil and blood. This purifies the stem cells and fat before injecting them into specific areas of the face. The fat cells and stem cells that accompany them are then used to fill facial depressions, smooth wrinkles, and restore youthful volume to the treated areas.
This treatment’s additional benefits include skin rejuvenation properties derived from fat graft stem cells (s). This frequently results in smoother skin with fewer fine lines, smaller pores, and less pigment irregularities.
What is Recovery Like for Facial Fat Transfer?
Depending on the specifics of your treatment plan, most people can return to normal activity in three to seven days. Mild swelling at the injection site is common, but it should go away after a few weeks. Fat graft survival is determined by the technique used and the location of injection in the face. The cheeks and lower eyelid regions have a survival rate of up to 70%-80%, with less fat graft survival in more mobile areas like the lips.
While the cosmetic effects of facial fat grafting are visible right away, the final result generally improves as swelling subsides. Surgeon employs advanced surgical techniques to extract and re-distribute fat into facial areas, resulting in a natural-looking and long-lasting aesthetic result.
Swelling, bruising, or redness should be expected at both the donor and recipient sites. The severity of each area will be determined by its size and location. Avoid exposure to the sun until the redness and bruising have subsided, which usually takes 48 hours. Sunblock-protected makeup can help conceal your condition. Swelling and puffiness at the recipient site can last for several weeks in some cases, especially if a large area was filled.
How Long Does Facial Fat Transfer Last?
Fat transfer to the face has the advantage of outlasting the effects of non-autologous injectable products, and most patients experience permanent rejuvenation. The technique used to harvest and inject fat influences the ultimate fat graft take. Small parcels of fat injected into different tissue planes have the best chance of surviving in the well-vascularized tissue surrounding them.
If a large amount of fat is injected into a specific area, the central fat will not integrate into the tissue and will be resorbed by your body. Fat graft survival is similar to skin graft survival. Even if the best technique is used, some of the fat will be resorbed. Fat grafts have a higher survival rate when injected into tissue beds that are more stationary and less mobile.
For example, a higher percentage of fat graft take can be expected around the eyes and cheeks, while less fat graft survival can be expected in the more mobile areas around the lower face and mouth. The process of resorbing non-viable fat grafts takes about six weeks.
The surgeon informs his patients that the fat that survives after six weeks has become a part of their face, gaining new blood supply from the healthy surrounding tissue and thus becoming a permanent improvement in volume. If more volume is desired, a second fat grafting procedure can be performed to supplement the previous volume improvement and provide the desired long-term improvement.
As a result, the natural aging process will eventually result in further loss of facial volume. Additional fat grafting may be required after 5 to 10 years as facial volume declines with age. This is largely determined by your genetics and lifestyle.
Will I Have Scars From Facial Fat Grafting?
Fortunately, unlike other surgical procedures, fat transfer usually leaves no visible scars. The fat is reintroduced into the face using a small blunt-tip microcannula, allowing the surgeon to avoid visible scarring. Incisions for access are made with a small needle that heals without leaving a visible scar.
How Much Does Facial Fat Transfer Cost?
Fat transfer to the face typically costs between $2,500 and $7,000, though this range is not limited to our practice. The cost of fat grafting is usually determined by the extent of your concerns and the amount of fat transfer required to achieve your objectives. After a surgeon evaluates these individual factors, our patient care coordinator will be able to provide you with a personalized quote for your procedure.
Some patients choose to pay for their facial fat transfer with CareCredit® or Prosper® Healthcare Lending, two of some third-party plastic surgery financing companies.
Each financial lender offers qualified candidates a variety of payment plans, allowing patients to choose the arrangement that best fits their individual budget. As a result, the facial fat transfer procedure can be started immediately, with payments made in low monthly installments.
Is fat grafting covered by insurance?
When fat grafting is used for reconstructive purposes, it is usually covered by insurance because it is deemed medically necessary for facial reconstruction. However, fat grafting is considered cosmetic in cosmetic procedures such as facial rejuvenation procedures and will not be covered by your insurance.
Are There Any Alternatives to Facial Fat Transfer?
Surgeon offers minimally invasive alternatives, such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®, to fill nasolabial creases, marionette lines, and enhance sunken contours, if you want to replenish your facial volume but would rather avoid surgery.
Depending on where you want to improve, these hyaluronic acid fillers can add fullness to the cheeks, lips, under-eye hollows, temples, and jowls, among other areas. While the effects are not permanent, these dermal fillers can help erase signs of aging without the need for surgery or downtime. Based on your needs and concerns, our aesthetic nurse injector can recommend the best treatment plan for you.