As we age, our faces can lose collagen and youthful volume, resulting in a hollow appearance, lines, or wrinkles. Facial fat grafting is a natural solution to help restore a more youthful facial appearance. This procedure uses fat from other areas of your body to restore fat in your cheeks, lips, and other areas of your face.
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If you are living with facial creases, crow’s feet, acne scars, or sunken areas of the face, lips, and cheeks, you may be able to benefit from facial fat grafting. It is also a great natural alternative for those who either are not good candidates for fillers or desire a more permanent solution.
The fat transfer procedure is performed through three stages. These include:
You and Dr. Cusimano will select a site for fat removal. Common sites include the abdomen, back, and thighs. A small incision will be created in the targeted area, and liposuction will be used to harvest the excess fat.
Purification and Transfer
The harvested fat will then be processed and purified using a centrifuge to spin the fat and remove impurities. Then, the fat cells will be transferred to small syringes used for fat injection.
The area that is to receive that fat graft will then be prepared. A needle or cannula will then be used to inject the fat into the chosen area through multiple injections until the desired look is reached.
What to Expect After Facial Fat Grafting
After facial fat grafting, swelling and bruising will occur, which will be most significant during the first week. There is often a great improvement in your appearance between the seventh and tenth days, though most people take about two weeks off from work to fully heal. By the third week, careful application of makeup can be used to cover any signs of swelling or bruising. Once swelling recedes. You will be able to better see your overall results.