As you age, you may notice that your body stores fat in some places while losing it in others. For many people, excess fat can be stored in areas where they would rather be thin while areas such as the face can begin to lose fat pads, making them look older and more lined.
With a facial fat transfer, we can help to resolve this frustration. We can take fat from one area of your body where you have too much such as your abs or flanks and transfer it to your face so that you can enjoy a more youthful appearance and fewer wrinkles.
How Does a Facial Fat Transfer Work?
During a facial fat transfer, we will identify areas of your body where you are storing excess fat. For most people, these areas are located in the thighs, the abdomen, the flanks, the lower arms, or the buttocks. It can even be removed from the chin or the neck if you have more of a tendency to store fat here.
This fat is removed using a liposuction procedure. Then it is sanitized and isolated from other materials to be injected back into the body. Once it is ready, it can be placed in areas of the face that have lost their volume.
What Are the Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer?
A fat transfer to the face can help address many different concerns that come with aging. When you lose fat pads in your face, the area will no longer have the volume it needs to help support the skin. This can lead to wrinkles that are more defined. Loss of volume in the face can also lead to a sunken look in areas such as the temples, cheeks, and under the eyes. This non-surgical facial enhancement treatment can make you look years younger without a facelift.
While fillers can provide great long-lasting results, even the longest-lasting products only provide results for up to two years. However, with a facial fat transfer, you can enjoy the results of your procedure indefinitely. Many people are happy with their face fat transfers for decades.
Fat Is Taken From Your Own Body
With facial fat grafting, the only thing being injected into your body is your own fat cells. While not all of the fat cells will survive the process, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction because it is your own tissue being injected.
No Scarring on the Face
While we always place our facelift scars in locations where they will be unnoticeable in most situations, non-surgical facial enhancement can be beneficial because no incisions are made on the face. The only incisions that will be necessary are the tiny incisions needed for the liposuction procedure.
Includes Fat Reduction
When you have a fat transfer to the face, you will also be able to benefit from fat reduction in other parts of your body. We can even take more than is needed from the procedure if you want to include body sculpting with your fat transfer.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Facial Fat Transfer?
Facial rejuvenation with fat transfer is a procedure that is available to individuals who are in good health and who have enough excess fat in their bodies to be able to do the procedure. Almost everyone has sufficient fat, but if you are thin and there is very little fat to harvest, we may recommend a different option.
This procedure is typically performed on individuals over 30 who have begun to lose volume in their faces due to the natural aging process. Patients who are good candidates have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve and are in a healthy frame of mind. We care for each of our patients and we want you to feel beautiful inside and out so we will always recommend the treatments that are most beneficial to you.
What Areas Can Be Rejuvenated With Fat Transfer?
Facial rejuvenation with fat transfer can be performed to improve many areas of the face. Common treatment areas include:
- In nasolabial folds or marionette lines
- In sunken cheeks
- Under the eyes
- In the temples
- In the lips
- In the chin or jawline
How Many Procedures Will You Need?
With face fat transfer procedures, most patients are happy with the results after just one procedure. However, additional procedures can be performed if you want more volume.
Is Facial Fat Transfer a Painful Procedure?
The procedure itself is painless due to the anesthetic that is used. For most treatments, a local anesthetic, sometimes with sedation, is utilized as opposed to general anesthesia. During your recovery process, you may have some swelling in your face and in the area where the fat was taken from.
Depending on the extent of your liposuction, you may have a longer recovery time. You can talk to your doctor to discuss how much fat will be removed from the donor site and how this can impact your recovery. In the typical case, most people feel comfortable returning to normal activities after one week.
Facial Fat Transfer Procedures in Noblesville, IN
If you are experiencing aging in your face and you want a more permanent way to restore lost volume, you can ask us about our facial fat transfer procedures at Zormeier Cosmetic Surgery & Longevity Center. This procedure can be beneficial for patients who want a long-lasting non-surgical option for lifting the face and restoring some of its youth. If you want to schedule a consultation in Noblesville, IN, call or email us today.