Have you lately been looking into the mirror and wondering if you know the person you see there? Are the wrinkles on your face becoming prominent, or the cheeks and chin beginning to droop? If you are not happy with what you see and have finally made up your mind to undergo a facial rejuvenation procedure, then considering Fat Grafting may be a good idea.
What is Fat Grafting?
Fat Grafting, also known as Fat Injectionsor Autologous Fat Transfer is a procedure where your own body fat is used to plump up sunken areas of your face to give them volume. It involves taking fat from an area of your body that has excess of it and re-injecting it into another part of the body that needs a lift.
Which areas of the face can benefit from the procedure?
Fat injections work on nearly all areas of the face and are used to give volume to the cheeks and chin, fill in bags under the eyes, and also work as fillers for wrinkles and creases.
Who are the ideal candidates for Fat Grafting?
Adults, who are looking at achieving any of the following results:
- Diminishing or eliminating fine lines, frown lines and wrinkles
- Removing under eye bags or dark circles
- Adding volume to sunken cheeks
- Removing crow’s feet
How is Fat Grafting performed?
Fat Grafting is a three-step process which is performed under local anesthesia.
Step 1- Removing the fat
The procedure begins with extracting fat cells from the donor site,which is the chosen area such as abdomen, thighs or hips, using liposuction.
Step 2- Isolating Fat Cells
This involves removing the damaged fat cells, and cleansing and purifying the undamaged ones to prepare them for the transfer.
Step 3- Re-injecting the fat
Finally, the purified fat is injected into the recipient sites, which are the facial sites identified by your doctor to correct the imperfections.Fat that is not absorbed remains permanent for life.
Recovery and Results
You may experience some discomfort such as swelling or bruising at the donor or recipient site, and possibly, some pain. The swelling will subside in a few days, and pain if any, can be taken care of with oral pain medication. There will be some other precautions which your surgeon will advise you to take. One can resume work within 2-3 days post op.
The results become apparent when the swelling has completely eased off.
Fat Grafting vs. Dermal Fillers
- The main advantage of fat grafting over other dermal fillers is that fat transfer uses your own body fat and does not introduce a foreign element into your body. This is especially beneficial if you are allergic to any of the synthetic products which areused as fillers.
- The effects of fat transfer are long-lasting, from several months to even several years in certain cases.
Take the first step towards a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Fix a consultation with our plastic surgeon Dr. Rajat Gupta, to understand the various treatment options.
Fall in love once again with the person you see in the mirror!