Fat grafting is a technique that has been used in cosmetic applications to add volume to the skin. Although the technique is more intensive than dermal fillers, it does offer unique benefits for men and women who want to reduce wrinkles or enhance facial features, such as a greater longevity.
The Fat Grafting Procedure
The fat grafting procedure is a three-step process.
- Fat is removed from an area of the body, such as the thighs, abdomen flank, or buttocks, using a limited liposuction technique.
- The fat is processed to remove any impurities and isolate the fat cells.
- The fat cells are loaded into a syringe and injected into the treatment area of the face, such as nasolabial folds, cheeks, under the eyes, forehead and other areas.
With fat grafting, you do have some downtime, typically one to two days.
How Fat Grafting Works to Reduce Wrinkles and Add Volume
The transferred fat cells absorb nutrients and oxygen from surrounding tissues until a process known as “neovascularization” occurs by which the body develops new blood vessels to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the fat cells directly. Neovascularization is the most important facet of fat grafting. Once the blood vessels are developed by the body, the fat grafts become an integrated part of the subcutaneous tissues and work much like the native fat cells. Recent studies have also revealed that the fat cells contain growth factors that help the body heal naturally. This mechanism enhances the anti-aging benefits of fat grafts.
How Long Do Fat Grafts Last?
The key distinction between dermal fillers and fat grafts is that transplanted fat cells are integrated into the tissues, whereas dermal fillers contribute to the presence of certain proteins, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. While every fat cell may not survive the grafting procedure, for all practical purposes, fat grafting is considered a permanent solution. We do advise our patients that some fat cells may not survive the harvesting, purification and implantation, so a follow-up fat grafting procedure may be required to achieve the desired results.
Can You Extend the Results of Your Fat Grafting?
Because fat grafts become part of your subcutaneous tissues and are subject to changes that affect native fat cells, many people want to know how they can extend the longevity of their fat grafts. The surgical technique that is used and the experience of the surgeon is of utmost importance. Dr. Lewen specializes in facial fat grafting, and his skills provides his patients with the best possible outcomes for the procedure.
Learn More About Facial Fat Grafting at Lewen Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Lewen can discuss fat grafting and the results that he achieves with his patients during a consultation. To learn more about fat grafting at Lewen Cosmetic Surgery, contact us to schedule your personal consultation.