Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, offers our patients a way to restore volume throughout the face. With age, natural collagen breakdown can lead to a hollow, gaunt appearance. This can leave men and women looking prematurely aged. Although facial fillers can temporarily help, fat transfer offers a permanent solution without synthetics. Fat grafting can also be used to fill in facial scars for a smoother, more even look.
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Benefits of Fat Grafting
Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process. As collagen production slows, existing collagen breaks down. The skin takes on a lax, hollow look. Lack of volume also leads to the formation of deep furrows and wrinkles through the face, particularly the lines running from the corners of the nose to the sides of the mouth. Fat transfer offers a safe, natural and lasting solution for a more youthful appearance.
The first part of the fat transfer process involves collecting fat cells. This gives patients the added benefit of liposuction at the donor site, usually the abdomen. Men and women can then enjoy a slimmer waistline in addition to a refreshed facial appearance. Additionally, fat transfer can be used to reduce the look of facial scarring from injuries, accidents or birth defects. Rather than choosing injectable fillers that need touch-ups once or twice per year, fat grafting makes a lasting improvement in the look of facial scars.
Understanding the Procedure
The first step in fat grafting is to collect fat cells from the donor area. The donor area needs to have some excess fatty tissue; fat cells are typically taken from around the belly or the thighs. Tumescent liposuction is the most effective approach toward collecting fat cells while maintaining their integrity for transfer. After collection, the cells are processed to remove impurities and prepared for injection.
During the injection stage of the fat grafting process, your surgeon carefully layers the living fat cells into the target area for smooth, even results. This is accomplished with a needle or small cannula.
The results of fat grafting may be enhanced by including additional procedures at the same time, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections or dermabrasion treatments. When combined, these minimally invasive procedures deliver impressive results, yet without the telltale scars or lengthier recovery time that a traditional facelift would require.
Recovery and Results
Most patients see an improvement almost immediately in their appearance following fat transfer. Some of this is due to overfilling, in order to compensate for the partial loss of transferred cells that occurs. The cells that transfer successfully add volume to hollow areas, plumping up wrinkles or facial scars right away while promoting collagen production to ensure permanent results. The effects continue to become more visible as time passes and natural collagen production increases. Although nothing will stop the aging process completely, fat grafting can offer a more rejuvenated look.
Fat grafting from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas eliminates deep lines and wrinkles in the face, as well as facial scars. Fat grafting can also be used to boost volume and improve definition through the cheekbones and rest of the face. After surgery, patients enjoy smoother facial contours and a younger, more refreshed appearance.