Lines and wrinkles become more defined over the years due to the natural aging process. This can cause your complexion to appear aged and tired. However, a loss of fat is also one of the main causes of aging flaws. As fat decreases within areas of the cheeks, skin can begin to sag and droop. If you are searching for an effective and lasting solution for reclaiming a youthful facial contour, a facial fat transfer could be the solution for you!
What is a Facial Fat Transfer?
A facial fat transfer is a personalized treatment that utilizes the patient’s own fat to store volume and improve facial shape. Fat is first collected from a donor site that has an accumulation of excess fatty tissue, such as the stomach or thighs. It is then carefully and strategically delivered beneath the surface of skin that is experiencing fat loss. This effectively restores a supple and contoured facial shape. PRP and stem cells are also used during treatment to encourage natural-looking and dramatic results.
What to Expect
A facial fat transfer procedure is performed in office. Following an initial consultation with Dr. Michele Zormeier, a personalized treatment plan is created for you and your specific skin needs. During treatment, a small amount of liposuction is first performed on the patient. A portion of the fat tissue is extracted for the isolation of stem cells. For every 1ml of fat, approximately one million stem cells should be available. The fat is then processed using specialized equipment that works to create a stem cell pellet.
A small portion of the patient’s blood is then collected for the purpose of obtaining platelet rich plasma. PRP is the natural occurring substance within blood that is responsible for healing and restoration in the body. Once collected, the PRP is combined with the stem cell pellet and fatty tissue. These combined elements are then gently reinjected into the targeted treatment areas.
Results offer supple and younger-looking skin with an improved, youthful facial contour.
- How long does the procedure take?
The entire process takes about 5 hours start to finish. You are comfortable and resting as the processing of the cells takes about 2 hours.
- How long will I take to heal?
While the full results may be seen around 8 months, we usually ask patients to take a social week to heal.
- I had a facelift, can I still have this procedure?
- How will I feel after the procedure?
Most people feel surprisingly very good. The areas from which the fat are harvested will feel a bit sore, as if you worked them out the day before. That mild discomfort should only last a few days. The face will feel somewhat tight and a bit flushed for several days with only very minimal discomfort if any.
Dr. Michele Zormeier is passionate about helping each patient look and feel their best. Reach out to the professionals here at Zormeier Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about what a facial fat transfer can do for you. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards a youthful complexion!