Fat transfer to face, also referred to as facial fat grafting, is a surgical treatment which sees fat taken from another area of the body and processed before being reintroduced to the face. By placing this naturally-occurring fat in the face, this treatment will add volume to aging areas of the face and simultaneously rejuvenate the overlying skin.
As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, the protein which keeps our skin plump and youthful. As our collagen levels deplete, the skin loses its elasticity, causing it to wrinkle and sag. Fat transfer to face is an excellent way to fill defects, improve contouring and help to restore volume to the face, particularly in areas which have become sunken with age.
If you are looking for a long-lasting solution to aging facial features, a facial fat graft would deliver better results than a non-surgical treatment, such as dermal fillers. Due to the nature of the donor material, the fat from your own body, a fat transfer to face is a more organic approach than dermal fillers.
Between 50 and 70 percent of fat cells survive the transfer process, establishing a blood supply, meaning the results are permanent. The results of dermal fillers tend to fade after six months and there is only so much that can be injected at any one time.
Fat transfer to face is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning a minimal recovery time.
A facial fat graft can be combined with other procedures to further enhance the result. This could include a mini facelift or blepharoplasty, a procedure which targets common signs of aging that develop around the eyes.