As we age, we lose fat in our soft tissues which gives us a deflated, gaunt. If you look at the face of a child, it looks like an upside-down egg. As we age, our faces lose fat in the temples and cheeks, making out faces more pear-shaped. Returning fat to the temples and cheeks not only restores a more youthful shape of the face but also naturally lifts sagging skin, reducing laughlines, marionette lines and jowls. In some cases, a facelift can be avoided with fat grafting and in other cases, fat grafting is used along with a facelift (this is sometimes called a stem-cell facelift).
Face Fat Grafting Procedure
Fat grafting involves removing fat from one’s own abdomen or thighs to put into certain regions of the face that start to lose fat. Only tiny amounts of fat are removed so this should not be equated with liposuction. Using blunt cannulas the fat is injected as little droplets throughout the areas of the face. By using this technique, grafted fat has a much higher blood supply so that survival is improved and the results are smoother given how small each individual fat parcel is. With fat grafting, our own fat can be used to rejuvenate and give natural, youthful results. Although commonly used in the face, fat can be grafted to any area of the body that needs filling such as scars, hands, areas of over-liposuction, breasts, etc. Fat is liposuctioned from an area of excess, rinsed in a sterile fashion, and injected to the area of need. This procedure can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia and has very little downtime.
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