Facial fat transfer (also known as fat grafting) is a minimally invasive procedure to transfer fat from another area of the body to the face. Fat is gently removed from a site such as the abdomen or flanks with gentle liposuction. It is then purified and prepared for injection into the face to restore lost volume.
Will I have scars after facial fat grafting?
The only scars you may have will be at the donor site where liposuction is performed. However, the incisions are small and placed discreetly in hidden areas. Most liposuction scars fade to barely visible over time.
From where is the fat harvested for facial transfer?
Certain areas of the body make better donor sites than others for fat grafting. They include the abdomen and love handles, where fat cells are typically abundant and hardy.
How is harvested fat processed for fat grafting?
The harvested fat may be processed with decanting and centrifugation. This separates out debris, dead cells, and fluid from the viable fat cells. Alternatively, the fat may be washed with a sterile saline solution.
How long do facial fat transfer results last?
Not all fat cells survive the transfer, and the treatment area may be slightly “overfilled” to allow for this. The fat cells that survive should integrate and continue functioning as normal fat cells, for long-lasting results.