The fat grafting procedure (also referred to as autologous fat transfer, micro fat injections, or fat transplant) harvests fat and stem cells from other parts of your body such as the abdomen, buttocks or thighs that already have an excess of fat stored. The whole fat cells are extracted, purified and then injected into the face while the patient is under local anesthesia and sedation. The process is meticulous because the fat is extracted using an extremely gentle manual technique to ensure survival of the cells, and then it is injected in tightly controlled, minute amounts to produce a natural and long-lasting result.
Unfortunately, with the wisdom of years also comes a loss in the natural volume of fat in our face which is responsible for the tight, bright, light-reflecting skin of our youth. As we age, hollows and shadows begin to appear on our faces, along with wrinkles and sagging skin, as the hot sun, gravity, and the use of facial muscles do their work. It hardly seems fair, but it’s part of the normal aging process and something that we can choose to live with.
UELC invites you to make a different choice: to improve the volume of your face and recapture that radiant glow. Fat grafting can do that.
Facial Fat Grafting
Do you feel like your face has lost volume? Is sagging skin making you look older than you are?
Facial fat grafting surgery could be the solution. The procedure is designed to add fullness to areas of your face, making you appear healthier and more youthful.
Technology and Experience Brings Fat Grafting to UELC
Losing volume in the face is a natural occurrence when aging. With fat grafting that volume can be replaced by your own fat cells to make your face look tighter, brighter, and more youthful. When shadows and hollows begin to appear, UELC can help.
What is Fat Grafting Surgery?
Fat grafting, also known as micro fat injection and fat transplant, is a procedure that takes fat and stem cells from other areas of your body. We gently inject them into areas of the face where fullness is needed.
Fat cells are removed from areas of your body where you already have excess fat, such as your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. The whole fat cells are carefully extracted, purified, and then injected into your face. During the procedure, you will be under sedation and have an anesthetic applied for comfort. The surgeon performing the fat transfer to the face is meticulous, and the fat extraction process is very gentle. Only small amounts of fat are injected, but the results are natural and long-lasting.
The Best Candidates for Facial Fat Grafting
Fat transfers are minimally invasive, and an excellent way to restore volume lost in the face. There are no facial incisions made, so you do not have to worry about wound care. You need adequate blood circulation in the area; so, your surgeon will ensure there is sufficient blood supply to the hollowed areas for the fat cells to survive.
Fat grafting is recommended for older individuals who have sagging and hollowed skin around the mouth and eyes due to depleted volume. Sometimes, our surgeons at UELC surgeon may recommend a facelift in conjunction with a face fat transfer for more natural-looking results.
Fat Grafting Costs and Related Procedures
The cost of your facial fat grafting procedure will depend on the number of injections, type of fat grafting procedure done, and any other related other procedures performed. Some procedures your surgeon may recommend include a butt lift using fat transfers or a face lift to take care of excess skin after weight loss.
What to Expect After Your Facial Fat Grafting Procedure
By injecting fat into areas of your skin where the skin is already stretched, the fat injection has room to stay. There are no incisions made during the transfer; therefore, you do not have to worry about incision sites or a risk of scarring.
You do, however, have to take precautions to protect your fat transfer, including protecting your face from trauma or compression. Any activities that will cause stress on the face must be avoided during the recovery time.
See if Facial Fat Grafting is the Right Procedure for You
Schedule your Personal Consultation with a UELC surgeon to see if facial fat grafting will restore your face shape and appearance. Our specialists can help find the right solution based on the results you are hoping to achieve. You can also See our FAQ page for more information.