As we grow up the skin in our face tends to become loose and thin and the underlining fat is moving down. Fat grafting utilizes our own fat from another area of our body in order to replace the missing tissue. This procedure eliminates the possibility of rejection but it may require more than one session to get the best result.
Fat grafting can be used in almost every part of our body but it is very popular in the face, producing natural and permanent results. It is very effective for filling deep facial lines around the eyes, the cheeks, the nasolabial folds as well as to increase volume in zygoma and the lips.
Sagging of the skin is corrected by the facelift but the fat that has been moved or lost can be naturally replaced with fat grafting creating a natural and youthful look.
Facial fat grafting is a fascinating technique in aesthetic surgery correcting problems like:
- Hollow eyes
- Under eye bags
- Tear trough deformity
- Thin or long face
- Asymmetrical face
This is a minimally invasive method under local anaesthesia and requires minimal downtime. Your fat is aspirated and processed in the operating room before it is injected to the areas we want to correct.
We know now that liposuctioned fat is rich with stem cells. These undifferentiated cells have the potential to repair and rejuvenate. Problems with skin pigmentation, wrinkles, loss of facial volume due to bone absorption can also be addressed. Therefore, patients get the additional benefit of stem cell presence.
A minor swelling is expected for the next 5 to 7 days after surgery but usually most people return to work after one or two days.
Aspirin, NSADs, smoking and massage of the treated area has to be avoided for a few days.
According to the international literature fat absorption can be up to 40 per cent of the original volume and it is not unusual the need of a further procedure. But the good news is that the remaining fat will stay forever.