What is Facial Fat Grafting?

As a natural part of aging, the tissues of the face thin and the skin sags. Acne scars, other scars, thin lips, and lack of contours in the face are also common problems many people face. Facial Fat Grafting is a procedure done to correct these problems. It is a non-invasive procedure that only uses needles. Fat is removed from a collection area on the body and then injected into regions of the face to restore a full and youthful appearance.

Who is a Facial Fat Grafting Candidate?

Common patients for facial fat grafting are those who have lost the full and attractive contours in their face due to natural aging processes. Fat grafting is effective for treating most cases of unwanted lines, folds, and sagging in facial features. Potential patients who simply are displeased with the contours of their face may be candidates for this procedure as well. Other commons symptoms that can be treated with facial fat grafting are acne scars, depressed scars, and thin lips.

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Facial Fat Grafting Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op

How do I prepare for my Facial Fat Grafting?

Your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where fat deposits lie and assess the condition of your skin for fat harvesting. Your face will be evaluated for areas with fat deflation or contour changes to assess amout of fat needed for filling. Your surgeon will give you specific instruction on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least four weeks be­fore your surgery and not to resume for at least six weeks after your surgery. You should arrange for someone to drive you home and assist with your care for a day or two after you leave the hospital, if needed

What happens during Facial Fat Grafting?

Anesthesia is applied to treatment areas to minimize discomfort during the procedure. No surgical incisions are made during facial fat grafting. A syringe with a cannula is used to collect fat from other areas of the patient’s body, primarily the abdomen or buttocks. This collected fat is cleansed and purified through professional techniques. When the collected fat is ready for implantation, it is injected into the areas of the face where increased contour and filling is desired.

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What is the Facial Fat Grafting Recovery Process?

Upon completion of the Facial Fat Grafting procedure, it is common to experience some discomfort and swelling in the areas that were treated. Bruising in the face is another common effect for postoperative patients who have received facial fat grafting. Patients are expected to be able to return to normal activities a few days after the procedure. Full recovery and normal skin conditions may take up to six weeks to accomplish.

It is important to note that fat is naturally absorbed into the body. It is possible for treated areas to slowly be reabsorbed back into the body, thus lessening the outcomes of this procedure. A facial fat grafting should ideally have lasting results for about three years. Additional treatments may need to be administered if these natural effects occur. This will help to ensure lasting results for this procedure.

What are the Risks of a Facial Fat Grafting?

Uneven fat take in the face and resultant asymmetry may necessitate a second operation. Other risks include firm fat nodules that necessitate removal, the formation of fat or blood clots that may migrate to the lungs and cause death; excessive fluid loss, which can lead to shock; friction burns or other damage to the skin or nerves, and possible contour irregularity and pain to donor sites.  Numbness and pigmentation changes may also occur.  Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity

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