Fat Grafting And The Fresh Look Of Your Skin

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Fat Grafting And The Fresh Look Of Your Skin
August 09
10:37 2016

Adding Volume To Your Face

As the years go by, together with radiance and the fresh look of our skin, we are losing a definite asset of youth – facial volume. Along with a wide range of injectable artificial fillers, fat grafting was designed as a natural option to reduce wrinkles and add volume to the sunken areas in the face, restoring a more youthful facial contour.

According to Dr. David Ellis, a facial plastic surgeon at the Art of Facial Surgery clinic in Toronto, most of his patients that request facial fat grafting are women between the ages of 48 and 68 years old, who are looking to add some volume to certain areas of their face – mostly to their cheeks.

“As we age, the cheek fat, which is different than the belly fat, will start to shrink away. Now, people realize that volume loss is a part of the aging process and they want that corrected.”

Though the cheeks are the most popular area treated with fat grafting, this technique is often applied to the temples and lips. Dr. Ellis mentioned that he doesn’t use fat grafting for lip augmentation, as once injected into this area, natural fat can dissolve asymmetrically, creating an unnatural look in the lips.

Fat Grafting And The Fresh Look Of Your Skin

Fat Grafting And The Fresh Look Of Your Skin

Facial fat grafting is usually performed under a general anesthetic or conscious sedation. After fat is taken from the abdominal or thigh area, it is spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood, the serum and the fat.

“That way, we get pure fat cells,” Dr. Ellis explained. “We siphon them off to smaller syringes, we put the fat in microdroplets as close to the muscle as possible, so that the individual fat grafts have enough contact with the muscle to act as a permanent filler.”

According to Dr. Ellis, the fat transferred to the facial area will act like the one where it was taken from: the cheeks will shrink with weight loss and become fuller if a patient puts on a few pounds.

Like with any procedure, there is some risk associated with it, such as infection and reaction to anesthesia. Downtime usually depends on how much bruising patients experience and how much fat was injected. Generally, you would need approximately 10 days before going back to your normal activities. To minimize bruising, Dr. Ellis recommends elevating your head off the bed and applying ice to the injected areas. Patients should also be careful when washing their faces. Painkillers may be prescribed to reduce post-operative discomfort.

Though fat grafting can provide you with a double benefit of taking fat from unwanted areas and adding volume to where it is missing, Dr. Ellis mentioned that many patients still prefer artificial fillers, because they don’t want to undergo a surgery with anesthesia and downtime. With some injectable fillers, results can last for up to two years, whereas the effect of fat grafting can be permanent in about 90 per cent of cases, but it usually takes two surgeries to obtain a perfect result.

Fat Grafting And The Fresh Look Of Your Skin

Fat Grafting And The Fresh Look Of Your Skin

“Six months after, you’ll have to have another procedure just to do some touch-ups,” Dr. Ellis explained. “We always plan to give two sessions with a patient.”

Though fat grafting is not considered a major invasive procedure, a patient has to be in good health to undergo this treatment and should inform their doctor of any medications they are taking in order to prevent possible complications.

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