Volume loss is a normal part of facial aging, and the newest trend in facial plastic surgery is to replace volume in the face, rather than pull it tighter. Oftentimes, the best option to replace volume is using your own fat, by transferring your own abdominal fat to volumize areas of the face, giving a fresh and glowing appearance. One advantage of fat grafting is the use of autologous natural fat can give permanent results. Fat is what gives the face it’s volume, and a youthful face has full cheeks and tear troughs. Aging, hormonal shifts, and weight loss can cause significant amounts of facial fat to be lost in these areas.
Fat transfer involves surgically removing fat from one area of the body, such as the abdomen or the thighs using vacuum assisted liposuction and transplanting it to the face. Over time, some of the fat may resorb; however, much of it will last for a long time. There is minimal swelling and rarely any bruising. Most patients return back to work or play shortly following the procedure.
Good candidates for fat transfer include men and women who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and are interested in improving the contour of the face by diminishing lines and/or adding fullness. Fat transfer procedures can be performed in an office based facility and/or the hospital and are usually performed with sedation or when combined with a facelift, general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete. Fat transfer procedures typically involve very little downtime though some redness, swelling and bruising may occur.