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Facial Fat Grafting

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Houston’s Premiere Facial Fat Transfer Plastic Surgeon

Facial fat grafting is a cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedure that aims to replace facial volume and youthfulness to the face with fat injections. 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.1 During facial fat grafting, Dr. Rednam removes fat cells 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 injectable dermal fillers and facial implants—and surgical procedures such as facelift surgery—as facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that provides natural-looking long-lasting results.

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Facial Fat Grafting Procedures For Facial Augmentation

There are many areas where facial fat transfer procedures can be used to combat the signs of aging. Some of the areas and/or procedures include2:

  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Chin Augmentation
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Fill temporal hollows
  • Jawline enhancement
  • Improve the appearance of nasolabial folds
  • Tear troughs
  • Reduce the appearance of marionette lines
  • Improve facial asymmetry

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 avoid direct pressure, stress, or high levels of activity for at least two weeks following their procedure to ensure their results are not negatively affected.

FAQs About Facial Fat Grafting

What’s the difference between facial fillers and facial fat transfer?

There are two main differences between injectable fillers composed of hyaluronic acid and facial fat transfers, composed of the patient’s own fat cells. First, dermal fillers offer immediate results after just one treatment, while fat grafting may require two steps and can take from two to six months to see the full results. Additionally, although long-lasting, dermal fillers are not permanent while fat grafts can last for years upon years once they become established.

How much downtime is required after facial fat transfer?

Patients should plan to take at least a week off work following facial fat transfer procedures, though many are able to return to desk work within days.

Do I need to be asleep for facial fat grafting?

While most patients prefer IV sedation for facial fat grafting, many can comfortably undergo this procedure under local anesthesia with Pronox which allows them to be awake during the procedure and even drive themselves home after a safe amount of time.

Are there any side effects?

Facial fat grafting is a common procedure and while serious risks are rare, they include scarring and infection.3 Patients can expect temporary side effects such as bruising and swelling, a lumpy sensation around the treatment site.

Your Facial Fat Transfer Consultation

Dr. Rukmini Rednam’s facial fat grafting treatment plans are tailored to each patient’s needs and cosmetic goals. As a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in facial treatments and procedures, Dr. Rukmini Rednam is dedicated to achieving beautiful and natural-looking results for her patients. To find out how Dr. Rednam can help provide the youthful facial appearance you’re looking for, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
1 Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Techniques in facial fat grafting. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19083599/. Accessed April 2, 2021.
2 StatPearls Publishing. Autologous Fat Grafting For Facial Rejuvenation. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK557860/. Accessed April 2, 2021.
3 PRS Global Open. Autologous Fat Transfer for Facial Rejuvenation: A Systematic Review on Technique, Efficacy, and Satisfaction. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5889440/. Accessed April 2, 2021.

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