Facial fat transfer is a surgical procedure that uses fat cells from one part of the body to enhancethe appearance of the face. The fat cells are injected into the areas of the face that have lost volume, such as the cheeks, lips, and temples. The goal of facial fat transfer is to improve the appearance of the face by restoring lost volume and youthful fullness.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The fat cells are harvested from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs. The surgeon will make very small incisions inthe areas where the fat cells will be injected. The fat cells will then be injected into the desired areas of the face.
The procedure usually takes about one hour. The patient will need to wear a bandage over theincisions for a few days. The patient will also need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. In the first few weeks, your face will appear to be too swollen. This will improve with time, as approximately 30-50% of the initial volume is lost after the swelling resolves after surgery.
The results of facial fat transfer are usually permanent. However, the fat cells may absorb slowly over time, just as fat deposits change slowly with time in other parts of the body. For those who do not want to undergo fat transfer, facial filler is an in-office treatment that can treat facial volume loss.
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