Volume loss is one of the main effects of aging that can contribute to loose skin, wrinkles, and hollowed cheeks and eyes. While injectable fillers have become a popular synthetic option for restoring volume and turning back the clock, facial fat transfer is an option that utilizes natural means to both de-age the face and contour the body.
Facial fat transfer procedures start with liposuction to remove the fat that will eventually be added to the face. Fat can be removed from anywhere in the body, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms and neck. Once the liposuction is completed, the fat is strategically injected into the targeted areas to eliminate signs of aging. Facial fat transfer provides a natural means for treating wrinkles, filling in hollow cheeks and even volumizing lips.
Local anesthesia is typically sufficient to keep patients comfortable during the procedure, but sedation or general anesthesia may be necessary if the patient also wishes to perform extensive body contouring during the liposuction portion of the treatment. Procedures can vary in length from one to three hours. Side effects from facial fat grafting result primarily from the liposuction and include swelling, tenderness and bruising. The added volume in the face is immediately visible, and results will continue to develop for the first month as swelling diminishes.