Another option in facial rejuvenation is called fat grafting.
Fat Grafting is a popular technique in which fat taken from another part of one’s body is injected into various locations in the face. This procedure, like implants and injectable fillers, can be used to augment and define facial features. An added benefit of this procedure is that fatty tissue is removed from another area of the body, like the hips, thighs or belly, and thus also has a slimming effect on that part of the body where the fat was removed from. Fat grafting may be a great choice for someone already considering liposuction because the fat removed by liposuction can be purified and used for injecting into other areas.
While the results of fat injections are pleasing and can be permanent, they are not as reliable as permanent implants due to a percentage of this fat that is reabsorbed by the body. Ask you surgeon for more information about this procedure.
Reasons to choose fat grafting:
- May be combined with liposuction procedures
- The patient’s own fat is used to augment, or fill areas of the face where filler would normally be used
- Has a slimming effect on the area where the fat is taken from
There is minimal recovery time after the injection of fat grafts. Cold compresses can be applied to the treated areas. Bandages are not necessary after this procedure. Swelling and bruising are the most common side effects of this surgery, and usually disappear after 5-7 days. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by following the post-surgical instructions provided by the surgeon.