With this method it is possible to transfer fat from unwanted areas such as the thighs or stomach to the face to correct deep wrinkles or loss of volume as a result of aging. It can also be used to correct contour irregularities or scarring from previous injuries.
About Facial Fat Transfer
Fat grafting is a two-stage procedure that is performed on the same day: First, the fat is harvested from an unwanted area. After that, it is injected into the desired location. The concept here is that the transferred fat will receive blood supply from the local tissues and remain in place as natural fat tissue in the face. The results look and feel natural and are therefore superior to temporary injectable substances as long as it is performed in a minimalistic and delicate manner.
It is not a substitute for a facelift, if the patient has advanced aging in the face, and in fact it can be used in combination with a facelift to replace volume loss. This is a time-consuming process because the fat must first be harvested in a delicate manner and processed before it is injected meticulously in small volumes after the face lift to achieve a perfect result.
Fat Transfer Procedures Have Many Advantages
- The harvested fat is a natural substance and comes from your own body therefore the results are long lasting with a very natural feel and appearance.
- This method results in very minimal scarring because the fat is both harvested and injected through very tiny incisions.
- Fat is injected gradually and in small quantities, making it a very precise method to correct deep wrinkles or loss of volume from aging.
Before you consider undergoing any surgical procedure, a physical examination and consultation will take place with our surgical expert. Because each patient is unique, both physically and with regards to aesthetic desires, an individually tailored treatment plan is formulated based on detailed discussions of the most up to date surgical options available. Photographs are taken and diagrams used to explain the procedure in a step-by-step manner including limitations and possible risks. The main goal is to provide you with realistic expectations.
We employ the most up to date concepts in our surgical techniques. This surgery is indicated in patients who are suitable candidates to have a fat transfer procedure for the purposes of treating wrinkles, contour deformities and loss of volume in the face.
Fat transfer is performed under general anaesthesia, however the transfer of very small volumes may also be performed under local anaesthesia. Accurate preoperative planning is made to suit each individual patient targeting the area that needs to be addressed. Meticulous attention to detail is applied to ensure even contours and the best possible aesthetic result.
Post Operative Care
The wounds resulting from this procedure are tiny and are discreetly placed. Return to normal activities can be expected within 1 week. However, strenuous physical activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks. Patients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure or extreme heat during the first 2-3 weeks.