The face can undergo numerous changes over time, and many are unwelcome and unwanted. Fine lines and wrinkles from repeated facial movement are often just the beginning of the aging process for most men and women. Volume loss is another significant issue that can contribute to skin laxity, sagging and a hollowed appearance. The culprits behind these changes include collagen depletion as the body produces less of this vital protein over time, but also a loss of bone mass, as well as shrinking and shifting deposits of fat in the face. There are different ways Dr. Barrett can restore youthful volume and smooth away wrinkles, including a minimally-invasive procedure known as facial rejuvenation with fat grafting.
What is Facial Rejuvenation with Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting to the face, also known as fat transfer, is a natural procedure that takes your own unwanted fat from one area of the body where you have an abundance and injects it into the areas of the face that are exhibiting signs of aging. Common donor sites include the abdomen, hips or thighs. This procedure offers the dual benefit of sculpting one area of the body by removing stubborn fat deposits, and augmenting another area using your own fat cells to refresh the appearance without any concerns over rejection or an allergic reaction.
Is Facial Rejuvenation with Fat Grafting Right for You?
Facial fat grafting is a viable alternative for people who want to rejuvenate their appearance without the use of synthetic fillers or surgical implants. Dr. Barrett is skilled in performing this procedure for patients that want to reverse the effects of time using their own fat cells. The transfer of fat can address the following concerns:
- Facial features that have become creased or sunken over time
- Asymmetries to specific features or the facial contours
- Fine lines and wrinkles, particularly on the lower half of the face
- Shallow scarring left behind by acne or chicken pox
- Loss of volume in the mid-face
- Early signs of jowl formation along the jawline
Fat grafting offers results that last far longer longer than dermal fillers in most cases. While the body may absorb between 20 to 50% of the transferred fat in the months after the procedure, afterwards patients are able to enjoy their enhancements permanently. Dr. Barrett will work closely with you to ensure you are happy with your eventual look. With long-lasting results and no scarring left behind, it is easy to see why many patients choose facial rejuvenation with fat grafting for their anti-aging program.
Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation with Fat Grafting
There are many effective methods of facial rejuvenation and anti-aging today. For the right patients, facial fat grafting offers numerous benefits:
- Long-lasting results without incisions on the face or residual scarring
- Ability to produce natural results using the patient’s own cells
- Sculpting of additional problem areas, such as the abdomen or thighs
- Tiny incisions for liposuction leave almost no visible scarring behind
- Permanent fat reduction if a healthy weight is maintained
- Both steps can be performed in a single treatment session
Although liposuction is a surgical procedure, it can often be performed under local anesthesia to reduce associated risk. Dr. Barrett uses advanced liposuction techniques that also minimize downtime afterward while producing superior sculpting results.
Fat Removal Overview
Facial fat transfer does not require a significant amount of fat to complete, so the removal process can be a relatively quick and easy procedure if you choose. However, you can also opt for greater fat removal and sculpting if you want to produce a more dramatic effect in the donor site. Dr. Barrett performs most liposuction procedures using local anesthesia or twilight sedation. He will create tiny incisions to allow cannulas to be inserted directly into the fat deposit, which remove fat cells from the body. Tumescent fluid is infused first, to loosen cells and make them easier to remove, minimizing trauma on the tissue and reducing discomfort and downtime. Fat Grafting Overview Once the fat is removed, it is purified and prepared for the grafting process. This step is performed in a very similar fashion to dermal fillers, injecting the fat at strategic points in the treatment area to create a smooth, natural result. The process is not overly painful and rarely requires anesthesia. Most fat grafting treatments take just a few minutes to complete and there is no downtime associated with this part of the process.
After Facial Rejuvenation with Fat Grafting
It is not unusual to experience some swelling and bruising around the incisions used for the fat removal process, as well as some mild swelling around the injection points on the face. Liposuction can also leave you feeling a bit sore for a few days, but most patients are back to their regular schedules within a week. During the recovery period, Dr. Barrett will prescribe pain medication if necessary and provide you with full instructions on how to care for your incisions to minimize visible scarring. He will see you personally for follow-up appointments to assess your healing and answer any concerns that you might have.
One Procedure, Two Benefits
Facial rejuvenation using fat grafting is a two-step process that offers dual benefits to the right patient. In addition to long-lasting enhancement to the face, you can enjoy permanent body sculpting if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle after your procedure. To learn more about this treatment, contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648.