Fat grafting or fat transfer is a safe and effective surgical procedure that takes naturally accumulated fat from one area of the body and moves it to specific areas of the face. Fat is what gives your face it’s youthful volume and definition. Over time, fat atrophy and volume loss in your face due to aging, hormone issues, and/or rapid weight loss is major contributor to a deflated or aged appearance. Fat grafting can volumize certain targeted areas of the face. This results in improved facial contours and a restored youthful appearance. One of the greatest advantages of fat grafting is its ability to use the patient’s own natural fat. This reduces the risk of infection and complications since the procedure does not introduce any foreign substances into your body.
Different areas of the face can have volume and shape restored to them via fat transfer. This includes the jawline, cheeks, nasolabial folds, tear troughs, temples, and pre-jowl area. While other types of facial fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm can produce similar results, the results are temporary. This is because manufactured fillers are eventually absorbed by the body, only restoring volume for a limited duration of time. Fat injections on the other hand have the ability to provide the recipient with long lasting to permanent results.
Your Fat Grafting Procedure
Dr. Foulad typically performs fat grafting treatments in-office under local anesthesia. Patients remain comfortable throughout the duration of the procedure. To perform the procedure, Dr. Foulad gently removes small amounts of fat from one part of the body. Often the abdomen, hips, or inner or outer thigh. He does so using a cannula and a technique similar to liposuction. The incisions made for the fat removal are only a few millimeters in length so no visible scar remains after the procedure. Dr. Foulad then cleanses and purifies the fat to ensure only the undamaged fat cells remain for injection. The fat is then carefully and strategically injected into your desired areas until the appropriate volume and shape is met.
How Long Does It Last?
Some patients reach their desired results with just one fat transfer session. While in other patients a second or third session may be necessary in order to achieve the most optimized result. Over time, some of the transferred fat may reabsorb in some patients and will vary individually. While re-absorption is not completely predictable, much of the fat will remain and provide long lasting to permanent results in most patients.
Recovery from fat grafting is very comfortable for most patients. Following the procedure most patients experience very minimal swelling and/or bruising. Some may feel a slight soreness or discomfort as well. This typically subsides in one to two weeks. Most patients experience very little downtime. The majority are able to return back to work or social activities within one week following their procedure.
Facial rejuvenation with fat grafting can help you achieve natural-looking results that last. During your consultation, Dr. Foulad, will perform a thorough facial examination to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for fat grafting. He will design a customized treatment plan tailored to your goals and explain all details of the procedure with you.