Has aging or life events created hollow and thinned-out areas on your face? Do you have bothersome wrinkles and other skin blemishes on your face? Do these aesthetic issues bother you?
Facial fat grafting (also known as facial fat transfer or autologous fat transfer) is an effective cosmetic procedure that increases volume and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face to give patients a rejuvenated and youthful appearance.
Facial fat grafting offers transformative results to candidates who are frustrated with aesthetic issues on the face.
This procedure can restore lost volume around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, and jawline. Facial fat grafting also helps smooth wrinkles like nasolabial folds and marionette lines, along with other skin blemishes, such as pitted areas and facial scars (like acne scars).
Additionally, facial fat grafting can enhance the size and appearance of your lips to give you a more youthful and luscious lip appearance.
If you are frustrated with the gaunt or aged appearance of your face and want a longer lasting correction than what dermal fillers offer, then facial fat grafting may be the procedure you’re looking for.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are men and women who are in good general health and have realistic expectations for their results. A consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Gonzalez can help you determine if facial fat grafting is right for you.
For facial fat grafting, Dr. Gonzalez will extract fatty tissue from one area of your body (usually the abdomen, hips, or flanks) and inject this tissue into various places of your face.
Facial fat grafting is performed as an outpatient procedure under twilight or local anesthesia so that you will not feel any pain during the surgery. The actual procedure involves two steps:
The first step in your facial fat grafting procedure is liposuction surgery. With liposuction, a small incision will be made in your skin. Then, a cannula (a small tube) will be inserted through the incision to loosen subcutaneous fat.
This loosened fat is vacuumed out of your body through the cannula and then is processed and purified before being placed into a syringe.
The second step in your procedure is the actual fat transfer. The purified fat is injected into the target areas on your face (usually on the cheeks, lips, and/or beneath the eyes).
These injections will be made at differing angles and with varying techniques to achieve ideal immersion rates in the skin and to give you a symmetrical facial appearance.
There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be grafted/transferred safely. This will be reviewed during your consultation.
In general, facial fat grafting recovery is not extensive. Most patients are fully recovered within seven to 10 days. During this time, you can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort at the extraction and injection sites.
Any pain can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication.
It is important that you follow Dr. Gonzalez’s aftercare instructions, which includes allowing your body and face to rest and heal during your recovery.
While you may notice some slight improvement after your facial fat grafting procedure, it will take anywhere from several weeks to several months for your final results to settle in place.
However, once this happens, you should notice a fuller and more balanced facial aesthetic that will make you look and feel younger than you have in years.
Unlike dermal fillers, which usually only last around a year, your facial fat grafting results are long lasting, especially if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper skincare routine.
As with any plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, facial fat grafting cost varies with each individual patient and is dependent on several factors, including the amount of fat extracted and the extent of correction needed. At your consultation, Dr. Gonzalez and his team will provide you with an accurate cost estimate for your procedure.
While both dermal fillers and facial fat grafting can achieve the same results (restored volume to the face along with minimized appearance of wrinkles and other facial skin blemishes), dermal fillers are a temporary solution to permanent issues. With facial fat grafting, you do not need the yearly maintenance treatments that fillers require. Because of this, many patients choose fat grafting over dermal fillers.
Yes. While facial fat grafting can be performed as a standalone procedure, many patients choose to combine it with other facial surgical procedures, such as:
Do not let volume loss or wrinkles in the face get you down. Contact us today at 407-447-1628 or fill our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Gonzalez and his team are dedicated to giving you the treatment and results that you deserve.