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FACIAL FAT TRANSFER | PROCEDURES

THE FACIAL FAT TRANSFER PROCEDURE

Recently, various techniques have been developed to use fat injections for cosmetic purposes. Fat can be injected almost into any part of the body. Injecting fat into the face has become one of the most popular recent procedures.
Liposuction of another area of the body is performed in order to harvest the fat that will be used for transplantation. Liposuction has been a well-known cosmetic surgical procedure, which has come a long way in terms of safety and precision. However, few are aware of what can be done with the fat removed during the liposuction surgery. Fat can be re-injected into the body in strategic locations to correct some deformities and defects, more often than not which are formed from atrophy of the facial fat pads.

What to expect:

  • If Facial Fat Transfer is done in conjunction to Liposuction Surgery, the procedure is done under local anesthesia and some sedation as an outpatient procedure. If it is only the Facial Fat Transfer Procedure that is desired, minor liposuction is done in small amounts in areas of unwanted fat without sedation.
  • Using special tiny needles, fat is injected in very small amounts into the face in specific locations of volume loss to achieve desired cosmetic results.
  • The results are immediate, but most swelling will be present for up to 10 days. It will take 6 months for most of the swelling to subside.
  • The injection site scars will heal into very tiny dots, practically invisible after healing.
  • Only about 30-60% of fat is expected to survive. Fat is reinjected in microdroplets to promote the greatest survival rate.
  • After initial swelling subsides, there is a potential for some residual lumpiness & may require some corrective procedures.
  • For desired results, there may be a need for more than 1 treatment.
  • Even though immediate improvement will be obvious, most optimal results will be apparent after 4-6 months. If any revisions are needed, Dr. Jay strongly recommends waiting at least 6 months to allow complete healing and ensure revision is most effective.
  • This procedure can be done separately or can be combined with other procedures.
  • Despite diligent efforts to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing appearance, the final satisfaction simply cannot be guaranteed since ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder!’ However any procedure to satisfy the patient will be attempted within reason.
  • While you are able to immediately return to daily routines, there is a possibility of mild bruising and/or swelling. Makeup may be used to cover-up any discoloration.
  • A compression dressing will be placed on the area where Liposuction was performed.

Complications:

  • Some bruising is very common despite all the efforts to prevent it. This will usually disappear in 2 weeks and can usually be masked with make-up easily.
  • There is an extremely small chance (0.5-1%) of injury to important nerves in the face that might result in paralysis or numbness in the face. However most of these are temporary and correct themselves in a few months.
  • Smokers always have a poor circulation that often results in poor healing and increase in complications.

Effect of ageing on the face:

  • Loss of fatty tissues and atrophy of the muscles under the skin
  • Effect of gravity on the skin and the tissues under it exposing the bony features underneath
  • Loss of skin texture and elasticity and enlargement of the pores, much more pronounced in smokers, secondary to poor circulation to the skin.
  • Relative excess skin in relation to the tissues underneath, causes the skin to fold in many areas creating wrinkles.

All of this boils down to one major factor: “Loss of Volume under the skin!

This is the basis of the most recent concepts in using fat transplants to beautify the face in an attempt to reverse the effects of aging. Almost any face can be improved, sometimes with fantastic results!

Facial Fat Transfer Procedure Information

Facial cosmetic surgery is one of the most challenging aspects of cosmetic surgery. Everyday in life everyone sees your face, and it is the face that gives away the aging changes! Most women spend a lot of time making up the face and look at it numerous times a day in the mirror. Face can not be hidden unlike other parts of the body.

La Belle is no longer accepting new patient consultations, as Dr. Jay has announced his retirement from Cosmetic Surgery. La Belle will be open for current patient's follow-ups until the end of September 2022. Please call the office before this date to be scheduled.