Facial Fat Fills
Losing fat is not always as good as it sounds—especially when it’s lost from critical areas of your face. Believe it or not, a little fat goes a long way in making your face appear full and youthful, but as it decreases with age, you can be left with wrinkles and gaunt contours.
Our cosmetic surgeons can reduce the signs of aging by transferring fat cells to the face from an area of the body where you don’t need (or want) the excess fat.
Am I a Candidate for Facial Fat Fills?
Both men and women benefit from the revitalizing results of the fat fill procedure. By re-injecting your fat cells, we can add natural-looking fullness throughout the face. These simple changes improve your self-confidence and restore your youthful glow.
Fat fills is also highly successful in correcting imperfections from acne and other forms of facial scarring.
What are Facial Fat Fills?
Fat grafting is the process whereby fat is removed from a patient, fat cells purified before being transferred to another area of the body to restore volume. Fat cells contain relatively high portions of multipotential adult stem cells, capable of producing other cell lines i.e bone, muscle, nerve tissue under certain conditions. Despite the obvious advantage of adding volume, the fat transfer also has healing benefits when it comes to radiation type injury following, for example, the treatment of breast cancer, as well as a host of applications of the stem cell components in treating chronic degenerative diseases.
Your questions answered
All fat grafting is usually performed under sedation and local anesthetic.(pain-free) In plastic surgery fat grafting is predominantly used for volume enhancement, to restore volume changes occurring with normal ageing.
It is paramount that the fat cells which are living cells be treated with the utmost care.
Minute droplets of fat, once they’ve been harvested and purified are carefully positioned in layers, forming a lattice. These transferred cells then need to be revascularized by small capillaries to keep them alive , allowing them to continue growing in their new area , rather than simply adsorb and disappear.
Areas typically treated are:
- Cheek areas
- Lower eyelid
- Upper eyelid
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
Duration of the procedure may vary depending on the extent of the procedure, ranges from 0,5 -1 hour.
No overnight stay.
Slight to mild swelling and bruising can be expected. No pain, only slight to mild discomfort will be experienced.
Down time of 3- 5 days.
Note: Do not take any aspirin containing medication 2 weeks prior to surgery, which could lead to bleeding/ severe bruising.