The process of using fat from one part of the body to fill or add volume to another part of the body dates back to the 1980s. Over the past three decades, the process has been refined to be safer and more efficient. Fat transfers are now one of the hottest anti-aging cosmetic procedures. At Youthful Reflections, we are excited to offer patients the option of enhancing and restoring fullness to the face that can combat the signs of aging.
What causes facial sagging?
As we age, we naturally start to lose fat and bone volume in our face. This causes the cheeks to flatten, the nasolabial folds to deepen, and marionette lines to appear between the corner of the mouth and the chin. The loss of fat volume also allows the skin of the mid-face to droop. This can cause us to look tired and years older than our actual age.
What is an autologous fat transfer?
Fat grafting involves using liposuction to harvest fat cells from the abdomen or thighs and then injecting them into the face. The process adds volume to the cheeks and reduces the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The result is a more youthful appearance and results that last longer than other absorbable fillers.
Who is a candidate for a fat transfer?
Most patients choosing to undergo a fat transfer have facial creases, laugh lines, smile lines, or crow’s feet that are adding years to their appearance. The process can also be used to fill in sunken areas, improve the contour of the face, or to reduce the appearance of certain types of scars. It is important that you be otherwise healthy and free of any circulatory problems. You must also have sufficient fat in other areas of the body where the cells can be harvested. The grafting process itself is performed using local anesthesia and takes approximately one hour to complete. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within a week. The visible swelling and bruising should resolve in about one to two weeks.
Important considerations regarding autologous fat transfers.
The following are a few things to keep in mind when deciding if this procedure is right for you:
- Since autologous fat transfers use your own cells, there is less chance of an allergic reaction than with other types of fillers.
- Provides natural and long-lasting results.
- Are minimally invasive and require little downtime.
- The fat cells have to be harvested and prepared for transfer, so the process does take longer than using pre-packaged dermal fillers.
- The results last longer than using dermal fillers; however, the procedure does cost more.
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