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Facial Fat Grafting

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Facial fat grafting is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims to replace volume and youthfulness to the face. While aging, many patients experience atrophy of facial fat which leads to the sunken and hollow appearance of the cheeks, temples and under-eye areas. The loss of facial fat also accentuates sagging and wrinkly skin, as volume is an important component of the firm structure of the face. During facial fat grafting, Dr. Rednam removes fat from fat-rich areas of the body, concentrates the stem cells, and places the fat into areas of the face where volume is desired. Though facial fat grafting is not for every patient experiencing volume loss in the face, many appreciate this option as an alternative to dermal fillers and facial implants, as it is a minimally invasive procedure that provides natural-looking long-lasting results.

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Facial Fat Transfer Procedure

Before a facial fat grafting procedure, Dr. Rednam meticulously plans the fat graft injection sites so that patients can see their desired aesthetic before surgery. Facial fat grafting may be  performed while the patient is under local or iv sedation depending on preference. During the procedure, Dr. Rednam liposuctions fat from the hips, abdomen or thighs. Dr. Rednam then purifies the fat. Syringes are then prepared with the stem-cell rich fat, and the fat is injected into the preplanned areas of the face, through small unobtrusive incisions. Dr. Rednam carefully places the fat, layer by layer, until the desired look is achieved.

Facial Fat Transfer Recovery

Though results are immediately apparent in some cases, others may have to wait to see results until after swelling recedes. Recovery from liposuction typically depends on the amount of fat removed, and the face will likely be bruised, tender and swollen the first week after surgery, but most patients return to normal activity a week or two after the procedure. Patients are encouraged to direct pressure, stress or high levels of activity for at least two weeks following their procedure to ensure their face is not negatively affected.

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