Fat Grafting (Face)
What is it?
Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, can be used all over the body to fill, plump, and rejuvenate. In the face, it acts like a filler to smooth lines and wrinkles and fill in areas that have become hollow with age, but is a more permanent solution. After a session of fat grafting, usually about 75% of the fat is maintained. As a result, usually only 1-3 sessions are necessary to obtain the desired result, in contrast to fillers which must be injected every 6-12 months to be maintained. To have this procedure done, visit us at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston.
What happens during surgery?
First, fat is harvested from another area of the body (commonly the abdomen, flanks, or gluteal area). This is done via standard liposuction or with a smaller cannula and syringe. The liquid and oil is then removed, and the fat is injected into the desired areas in very small amounts so that it has a good blood supply to nourish it.
What will my recovery be like?
You can expect some bruising and swelling in the area of grafting that will resolve over several weeks. As mentioned, not all of the fat will be maintained, so additional sessions may be necessary.