Fat Grafting for Facial Procedures

One facial change that contributes to skin aging is the loss of volume. As skin loses its plumpness, the sunken cheeks, creased skin, and thin lips left behind can leave you looking significantly older than you feel. Dermal fillers can address the issue of volume loss, but fat grafting offers a natural, long-lasting alternative. Fat grafting can be combined with liposuction in Manhattan to give patients the opportunity to contour their bodies while improving their facial compositions. If you are considering this plastic surgery procedure, here is what you need to know.

What Is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting involves the transfer of fat from one area of the body to another. Fat is removed during liposuction and purified to be injected into the treatment area. For facial procedures, fat grafting can improve the look of wrinkles and plump up areas that have lost volume. It can also be used to correct acne scarring and other facial indentations. In addition to facial procedures, fat grafting can be used for breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift procedures, and even hand rejuvenation.

What Are the Benefits?

Because fat grafting involves transferring fat from your own body, the risk of allergic reactions is much lower than with dermal fillers. The results also last longer than dermal fillers and don’t require the same amount of maintenance. Fat grafting allows patients to address two areas of concern in a single procedure. Liposuction removes areas of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise, while grafting uses that fat in an area that is more desirable.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Your plastic surgeon will help you determine which areas to target for fat removal as well as which parts of your face should receive the fat grafts. During liposuction, unwanted fat is removed via small incisions. The fat is then purified and transferred to small syringes. Finally, the fat is injected into the parts of the face that require additional volume. Recovery times vary, depending on the extent of the liposuction. Most patients return to work within three weeks of the procedure.