Some patients may want to consider fat injections in Turkey, which use fat harvested from the patient’s own body which can then be re-injected to enhance facial fullness, fill creases or build up shallow contours.
How fat injections are administered
Fat injection requires a more extensive procedure than “off-the-shelf” soft tissue fillers.
A “donor area” must be determined (such as the abdomen or buttocks) and liposuction is used to extract the fat. The suctioned fat can then be transferred to the face, as a graft.
The grafted fat then has to redevelop a blood supply in order to survive. About 50% of the fat injected will survive, and the surviving fat will last forever.
Fat injection results
In the face, most of the transferred fat usually survives, but the results can be a bit less predictable. Typically, multiple fat transfer procedures will be needed to achieve desired results.
The use of fat transfer involves additional discomfort in the donor area. This is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed in the surgeon’s treatment room or in an operating room.
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Face Fat Injection Procedure
Fat transfer is a fairly gentle procedure, but there are several steps to the process. First, liposuction techniques are used to remove fat from predetermined areas of the body, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs. This is done through tiny incisions that leave almost no scarring.
The fat that has been retrieved is then gently prepared for injection, using minimal manipulation. Fat is carefully injected into the lines, hollows, and depressions of the face to rejuvenate and recontour, using fine cannulas (tubes) placed through tiny incisions. The surgeon may overfill the treated areas somewhat to compensate for the percentage of fat cells that will not survive.
Facial implant surgery is fairly straightforward, and involves a simple incision in a discreet area near where the implant will be placed. The implant is inserted through this incision, and the surgeon will ensure that the implant(s) will not shift before closing the incision and completing the surgery.
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Face Fat Injections Post-Op Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
During the fat transfer surgery, the surgeon will often overfill the face with some extra fat to compensate for the inevitability of the cells that will not survive the transfer and will be reabsorbed by the body. This leaves enough healthy cells to establish a blood supply and become permanent in the face. After about six months following surgery, the fat that remains should be relatively permanent, producing lasting improvement.
There are several types of facial implants that can be used, but the most common materials are silicone or Gore-Tex, which offer a natural appearance and a low rate of complications.
There are many different brands and types of fillers on the market, and each of these have different properties. Most fillers last about 6 months to 1 year, but there are also fillers that can sustain results for up to two years or more. The filler that is right for you will depend on a number of factors. You will be able to get personalized recommendations from our Emory cosmetic surgeons during your consultation.
While the fat transfer procedure does involve some body contouring, this aspect of the surgery is not the focus of the process. Fat transfer is not good for weight loss, as not enough fat will be removed to make enough of a difference. Surgical fat removal is best for patients at a stable weight who want to resolve stubborn pockets of fat, in order to contour the body and ensure lasting results.
While facial implants can restore volume to the face, they are designed more for facial contouring than aging. Patients with facial aging are usually better served with fat transfer or facial fillers to restore lost volume, often combined with other procedures such as a facelift.
The goal of fat transfer, of course, is to restore the youth and contour of the aging face. Sagging skin is partially caused by facial volume loss, so restoring some of that volume with fat transfer can help with mild to moderate skin sagging. However, more extensive sagging skin may not tighten up enough following treatment, so patients with moderate to severe facial skin laxity should consider a more comprehensive anti-aging procedure instead, such as a facelift.
Ideally, you will see yourself—just looking several years younger or with better facial contour. Fat transfer works best when it is used to restore youthful facial contours, not create new ones. Facial implants can affect facial balance and create significant improvement in the overall aesthetics of the face.
Facial fat transfer complications are generally rare, as the procedure is gentle and safe. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are small risks involved, which may include:
• Anesthesia complications
• Fat calcification
• Over or under correction (poor aesthetic result)
Be sure to go over the risks and side effects of the procedure during your consultation so you can be on the lookout for any potential complications. A talented surgeon and your own diligent pre- and post-operative care efforts will go a long way in preventing complications.
The transferred fat cells will continue to live in the area in which they were injected, establishing a blood supply and behaving like any other fat cell. This means that if a significant amount of weight is gained or lost, these cells could expand or shrink, affecting the overall results of the procedure. This is why patients are encouraged to be at a stable weight before the procedure, and maintain that weight following surgery, in order to preserve results.