The face is often one of the first places to exhibit signs of environmental damage and aging over the years. Usually, this facial damage involves wrinkles, marionette lines, smile and frown lines, or general volume loss. Sometimes, losing weight can cause a loss of facial volume as well. Sunken cheeks and sagging skin can even make your face look hollow. Other issues can also cause unwanted marks, such as wrinkles from sun damage or enduring acne scars.
Makeup and facial treatments can only do so much to fix or cover up the unfavorable effects of aging or damage from disproportionate weight loss. Facial fat transfer, however, can be a simple solution to many of these problems.
What does facial fat transfer do?
Facial fat transfer can reverse the negative effects of aging or weight loss by taking fat from one area of the body and relocating it to the face. Those stubborn areas where fat just won't come off no matter how well you eat and how much you exercise can actually provide just the fat needed to fill out the contours of your face, making you look younger, healthier, and more attractive.
Additionally, facial fat transfer can be used to fill in acne and other scars, giving your face a smoother look. Wrinkles and lines are also minimized, which can take years off your appearance.
How does facial fat transfer work?
Careful harvesting of live fat cells can allow those cells to be implanted into other areas of the body or the face. This type of fat grafting works similarly to a skin graft, except that it takes place beneath the skin. Fat tends to graft better to certain areas of the body, and the face is one of those areas.
Who is a good candidate for facial fat transfer?
Anyone who is generally healthy and would like to lose fat from one or more areas of the body and take years off their facial appearance is a good candidate. Those who have circulation problems due to any medical condition or smoking may not be the best candidates for this procedure.
What else do I need to know?
While the beautifying effects of facial fat transfer can last for many years, you may eventually require a repeat operation as your face continues to lose volume with age. There can be a small chance that the grafts will be rejected, but the use of your own fat greatly decreases that possibility.
Fat grafting is a complex procedure and requires a skilled surgeon to perform. It's a good idea to thoroughly research both the cosmetic procedure and your cosmetic surgeon before you decide to undergo any type of cosmetic treatment. Contact GLOW Surgical Arts for a free consultation to find out more about how you can experience facial rejuvenation through fat transfer.