Gradual fat loss from the body’s underlying fat layer is a normal part of the aging process. Unfortunately, it can cause noticeable changes in facial contours and can create other signs of aging. A youthful face is voluminous, while an aged face appears hollow and gaunt.

Hiding the signs of facial aging is a difficult feat. Makeup can successfully camouflage fine lines and mask a tired look for a time, but it proves futile when it comes to restoring volume and creating lasting change.

For those out there who are apprehensive about going under the knife for a facelift, we offer a solution: facial fat grafting. A fat graft is a less-invasive cosmetic procedure that has been swiftly gaining momentum. It offers a number of lasting benefits.

An Overview of Facial Fat Grafting

Facial fat grafting involves sculpting over tailoring (the latter is the approach followed by traditional facelifts). The chosen areas are successfully treated by injecting fat harvested from other areas of the patient’s body.

Any region of the face that could be corrected with injectable products is suitable for fat grafting. These regions include the temples, forehead region, cheeks, lips, nasolabial creases, and jawline.

Suitable Candidates for a Facial Fat Graft

The candidacy for a facial fat graft is best assessed by the consulting plastic surgeon. The primary requirements are that the candidate is healthy and maintains a realistic outlook of the procedure.

A mandatory requirement is that the candidate has enough fat to be harvested for the procedure. This filler material is essential, as it is the volumizing agent of the procedure.

The Facial Fat-Graft Procedure – What to Expect

A misconception regarding the facial fat-graft procedure is that it is simple and can be performed in a few minutes. Fat grafts are complex procedures that demand a strict process of extraction, harvest, and injection of fat cells.

The success of a fat graft depends on the gentle harvesting of fat cells to ensure that there is atraumatic extraction of the cells. Trauma to the fat cells causes them to be less likely to thrive and survive in their new locations.

The first step of a facial fat graft is fat harvesting. The areas of harvest are treated with local anesthesia in order to numb them during the procedure. Sharp hypodermic needles are avoided, as these can result in injury to the fat cells. Instead, harvesting is done using a specialized cannula attached to a syringe.

After successful harvesting, the cells are concentrated using a technique called centrifugation to separate the cells from the plasma. After centrifugation, the separated oil, blood, and anesthesia are discarded. The fat is then carefully injected in small amounts into the target sites. This process takes time but results in long-lasting benefits.

Recovering After Facial Fat Grafting

Ample rest is recommended after a facial fat graft. The plastic surgeon may also prescribe pain medication for pain management. Bruising and swelling in the harvesting and grafting sites is normal after the treatment and will subside with time.

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A facial fat graft is perfect for anyone who wants to look younger and more attractive. If you’re interested in learning more about facial fat grafting, contact North Coast Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.