Facial fat grafting is receiving a lot of publicity in the world of cosmetic surgeries lately, and for good reason. The process, which is performed under general anesthesia, is relatively simple, and it’s uniquely beneficial to the patient because it’s a relatively natural way to solve some unique cosmetic issues that are otherwise somewhat difficult to tackle with surgical procedures.
What is Facial Fat Grafting?
The procedure of facial fat grafting is done in order to improve the look of the face, but without resorting to the use of injected fillers or implants. Instead, fat is taken from other areas on the patient’s body – typically from the knees, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen – and then injected into areas of the face via the use of a small syringe. Before injection, the fat is spun and separated from other fluids and substances such as blood and fluid, thus ensuring that pure fat only is injected. The ensuing injection causes an increase in fullness in the chosen areas of the face, which can dramatically improve the look of hollow or too-long facial features, wrinkles, and more.
How It Works
The process of fat grafting is simple. The patient, once he or she is determined to be a good candidate, works closely with a cosmetic surgeon to determine the areas of the face that would benefit the most from the injections. The area of the body where the fat will be drawn is also decided. In the vast majority of cases, general anesthesia is all that is required. The actual process, beginning with the removal of the fat cells from the chosen area of the body, and ending with the injection into the chosen areas, can be performed in a matter of hours, and has a low-impact, short-duration recovery time.
Major Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting
The benefits of the procedure in terms of a patient’s cosmetic appearance can be numerous. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and suffer from hollowness or loose skin on the face – particularly in the cheeks and around the eyes – facial fat grafting can give them the youthful, natural tightness they desire in those areas. The procedure can also help fill in lines and wrinkles that cause the look of premature aging. What’s more, because the fat cells are taken from elsewhere in the patient’s own body, the rejection rates and other post-op problems that often occur with other types of cosmetic injections are much less apt to occur. The cells will live out their natural life span in the new area where they have been injected, and no artificial materials or procedures are necessary.
Technology in the world of cosmetic surgery is ever-changing, and facial fat grafting is an excellent example of this. While it’s a relatively new procedure on the consumer market, the ideas behind it are age-old and well-researched, and patients who do their homework and find reputable, skilled cosmetic surgeons to perform the procedure should not have anything to worry about. Cosmetic procedures, as they continue to improve, make moves toward more natural, less-invasive methods, and facial fat grafting is a key example of this new type of cosmetic technology. What could be more beneficial than an improvement in one part of the patient’s physiology using cells taken from somewhere else in the body? Any cosmetic surgeon would tell you that such efficiency and naturalism is a major goal – and a major sign of success – in the industry.