Fat transfer for face

Fat Transfer for Face: A More Permanent Solution for Volume Loss

A typical characteristic of facial ageing is loss of volume, sagging skin, and the appearance of wrinkles. To correct this condition you have many surgical and non-surgical options to choose from. One possible solution is fat transfer for face, which has become a popular and long-lasting solution.

This innovative fat transfer treatment uses your body’s own fat cells to restore volume and rejuvenate your appearance, offering a more natural and permanent alternative to hyaluronic acid fillers.

What is Fat Transfer For Face?

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or facial fat grafting, involves harvesting fat from one part of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and injecting it into areas of the face that have lost volume.

This surgical fat transfer procedure is performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of the treatment and whether surgical procedures are added.

The harvested fat is purified and then meticulously injected into targeted facial areas, such as sunken cheeks, under-eye hollows, and nasolabial folds. Facial fat grafting results are immediate; however, the stem cells present in your own natural fat tissue also rejuvenate hollow areas over time.

Benefits of Fat Transfer Compared to Fillers

One of the primary advantages of fat transfer for face over traditional dermal fillers is its permanence. While fillers typically need replacement every six to twelve months, facial fat transfer results can last for several years or longer.

Additionally, since the fat cells are derived from your own body, the risk of allergic reactions or rejection is significantly reduced. Many of our patients tell us that their facial fat grafts provides a more natural look and feel, as the fat integrates with existing tissues more seamlessly than synthetic materials.

Facial Fat Transfer: What’s Involved

Fat transfer for face typically involve three main steps: harvesting, processing, and injection. During the harvesting phase, traditional liposuction is used to remove fat from the donor area. If you have areas of excess fat or unwanted fat, your surgeon can give preference to those sites.

The fat is then processed to remove excess fluids and impurities, ensuring only the healthiest fat cells are used. The purified fat is carefully injected into the desired facial areas. The entire facial fat transfer procedure usually takes about two to three hours, depending on the volume of fat being transferred and the number of treatment areas.

Fat Transfer Vs. Micro Fat Transfer

For enhanced outcomes, your plastic surgeon may perform your fat transfer surgery using nano fat or micro fat grafting. This advanced technique involves using smaller fat particles, which can be particularly effective for delicate areas around the eyes and mouth.

Additionally, fat grafting techniques can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, to achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the face.

Facial Fat Grafting Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from facial fat transfer surgery is generally swift, with most patients returning to normal activities within a week. You can expect mild swelling and bruising, which typically subside within a few days. Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions is essential to ensure optimal fat grafting results.

These instructions may include avoiding strenuous activities, keeping the head elevated, and using cold compresses to minimise swelling. The full effects of the fat transfer procedure will become apparent over several months as the transferred fat cells settle and integrate into the facial tissues.

Long-Term Results and Maintenance

One of the standout features of facial rejuvenation with fat stem cells is its long-term effectiveness. While not all transferred fat cells will survive the transfer process, those that do remain, become permanently integrated into the facial tissues.

Therefore, unlike temporary fillers, the volume restored through face fat transfer can last for many years. To maintain the best fat transfer results, it is advisable to maintain a stable weight, as significant weight fluctuations can affect the longevity of the transferred fat.

Is Fat Transfer Right for You?

Since face fat transfer is considered a minimally invasive treatment, it’s an excellent option for individuals seeking a natural and long-lasting solution to facial volume loss. Ideal fat transfer patients are those in good overall health with sufficient fat stores in other body areas.

During your consultation, your fat transfer surgeons will evaluate your facial skin and structure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine if fat transfer surgery is the best approach for achieving the desired results.

In summary, fat transfer for face offers a more permanent and natural solution if you’re looking to combat the signs of ageing. By utilising your body’s own resources, this fat injection cosmetic procedure can rejuvenate your appearance with results that last for many years, making it a worthwhile investment in your appearance.

Dr. Riaz at the Harley Clinic is a board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in facial fat transfer. We invite you to book an appointment for a consultation at our private clinic in London UK to learn if fat transfer for face is right for you.

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