What is Facial Fat Grafting?Posted on September 9, 2016
Facial fat grafting has emerged as one of the major advances in facial cosmetic surgery procedures related to the face. The procedure is less invasive and involves minimal discomfort and downtime. The risks and complications are reduced because the patient’s own tissue is used for facial fat transfer.
Dr. Thomas Fiala is a board certified plastic surgeon providing facial fat grafting and various other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Patients in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive the procedures from Dr. Fiala.
Restoring Facial Fullness
Aging, illness, and other factors may cause the loss of facial volume, resulting in a gaunt or hollow look with sunken cheeks and depressions below the eyes. With facial fat grafting cosmetic surgery, it is possible to restore the youthful curves and fullness to the cheeks, temples, and under the eyes.
The gaunt look can be safely reversed, and the patient can enjoy a fuller, rounder looking face. Volumizing will help to mitigate the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and facial folds, which can take a few years off the patient’s face.
“Liposuction in Reverse”
Facial fat grafting is based on a simple concept that uses the well-established liposuction principles. However, fat transfer can be described as “liposuction in reverse.” The plastic surgeon will gently collect a few ounces of fat from the areas with surplus fat such as the abdomen or thighs. This collected fat tissue will be spun through a centrifugal process to purify it. The purified fat will then be placed in small syringes.
Specially designed instruments called micro-cannulas will be used to inject this fat skillfully, in tiny volumes, into the targeted areas. An experienced surgeon will be able to sculpt the desired shape of the cheeks, jaw line, temples, and eye area with this procedure. These areas typically require the maximum fat transfer.
The aesthetic outcome of facial fat grafting procedure can be dramatic, particularly when it is performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries such as a facelift. Even as an independent procedure, facial fat grafting is highly popular because of its ability to create a fuller face in a less invasive manner.
Nearly 50 percent of the injected fat will stay in the recipient site for a permanent correction. Some patients may require re-volumizing in the future, and it is possible to repeat facial fat grafting at that time. Some patients may be concerned that they will have an overly puffy look after this treatment.
But when the procedure is performed by an expert, the results will be subtle and natural looking. The surgeon’s goal should be to restore the youthful contours, and not to inflate the face. Dr. Fiala receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and nearby areas for facial fat grafting.
Facial fat grafting involves no incisions on the face, which makes the recovery easier. Pain and discomfort is minimal, but minor swelling and bruising will occur. Most patients will be ready to resume their normal activities in about two days after the procedure.
For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Thomas Fiala please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit www.plasticsurgeryinflorida.com ; day-spa-orlando.com ;freezemyfatflorida.com