Facial Fat Grafting
What is facial fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting is the process of injecting fat into the face for facial rejuvenation and volume restoration. It can address the loss of volume which occurs with age, as well as improves lines and wrinkles of the face.
Candidates for fat grafting
You may be a candidate for facial fat grafting if you feel a loss of volume or increased wrinkling in your face over time, including the temples, tear troughs, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, chin, or eye area. Fat can usually be used in any area where you may consider filler as an option.
Where is the fat harvested from?
Fat can be harvested from many different areas depending on the individual. The most common places to harvest fat from are the abdomen, flanks (sides), or thigh area. This fat is then processed and injected into the face for volume restoration.
What areas of the face can be treated with fat transfer?
Fat is used to restore volume and improve lines and wrinkles associated with aging. Fat can be used to treat the following areas:
- Tear Troughs
- Nasolabial folds or smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Chin area
- Eye area
Benefits of Fat Grafting
Fat grafting is a natural approach to restoring volume in the face. Using your own fat can be a more desirable approach, as some patients prefer to use a natural product rather than filler. Fat is unpredictable, meaning that some may be reabsorbed by the body, but what does remain after a few months time should last forever.
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Fat Grafting vs. Dermal Fillers
Fat grafting and dermal fillers can both help with facial rejuvenation. Fat is a great option the provides natural results. Fat can be less predictable than filler, meaning that some can be reabsorbed by the body. However, whatever is not absorbed will remain and should last a lifetime. This is an attractive quality, as fillers are temporary and will go away with time. Filler can be a nice option for patients who don’t need much volume or patients who would like less downtime as fat grafting is a small surgical procedure. Although there is a little more involved with the fat grafting procedure, it is still a procedure that can take place in the office under local anesthesia with relatively little downtime.
the fat grafting Procedure at NSPS
The fat grafting treatment can take place in the office under local anesthesia. It is also possible to go to the operating room for this procedure, but not necessary. The first step is numbing the areas, which is the only part of the treatment that can be a bit uncomfortable. After the numbing is completed, the fat is harvested via a handheld liposuction approach. The fat can be taken from any part of the body where excess fat is stored. Usually, the abdomen, flanks, or thighs are a good area for harvesting. The fat is processed and injected into the face.
Recovery after fat transfer
Recovery from this procedure is minimal. You may feel some discomfort from the area where liposuction was performed, as well as some soreness of the face. It is always possible to have some bruising and swelling, but possible to cover this up quickly after the procedure.
Possible side effects of fat transfer
Fat grafting is very safe. There is a very small risk of infection or fat necrosis, but this is unlikely. You can have some bruising and swelling, but this should also be minimal. Fat can be reabsorbed by the body, so it is possible that you may require a touch-up procedure or additional filler for smaller areas that have not been completely corrected with fat.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in restoring volume to your face with fat grafting, contact Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery. Call us at 312.266.6240 to schedule a consultation! Our practice serves Chicago, IL and surrounding areas