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An innovation facial rejuvenation technique that helps reverse the signs of ageing, fat transfer to face provides a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Experts at Centre for Surgery use the fat transfer technique to restore lost facial volume that contributes to the ageing process.
Facial fat grafting can be used to enhance the results of facelifts or even be performed in its own right as a standalone procedure without any incisions being performed. The procedure adds facial volume by acting as a scaffold for the skin, recreating a vibrant and youthful appearance.
With age, many people tend to gain fat in the body, but lose it in the face. This, combined with the loss of facial volume in the form of muscle and bone, makes the face look older. During youth, the face is usually heart-shaped in appearance; however, as people age, the heart shape falls to form a rectangular appearance. The distribution of facial fat loss varies from person to person.
By analysing the pattern of facial ageing in a 3-dimensional fashion, a qualified facial plastic surgeon can restore fat to areas of the face where volume has been lost. Facial fat transfer can be performed around the entire face and temples, as well as to only specific areas.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with fat transfer to face.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
Facial fat grafting is ideal for people who feel like signs of ageing is starting to show and wish to get rid of it. Fat transfer to face can help get rid of wrinkles and frown lines, and also add volume to the face for a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The procedure also addresses the loss of fat on the face that defines the contour of the cheeks and jawline. Our surgeons uses the fat transfer to the face technique to fill up the hollow areas to restore natural contours of the face that may have been lost during the ageing process.
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the fat transfer to face procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your facial rejuvenation surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the fat grafting procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
Following your surgery expect some swelling and bruising but it will fade away within a few days, and pain medication can be taken to ease any discomfort. You will see the result almost immediately after the swelling has gone down. You can return to work after a day or two after your surgery, but strenuous activities must be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
The result achieved from the fat transfer to face technique will last a long time and can even last permanently if good aftercare routine is followed.
- Fat transfer to face delivers natural looking results
- Adds contour to areas that may have lost volume in the ageing process
- Helps banish wrinkles and frown lines
- Also addresses facial imperfections like depressions or scars in the skin
- Swelling and soreness may be experienced in the first few days following the surgery
- Infection on the incisions but can be avoided with good aftercare
- Some of the fat will be absorbed by the body
Cosmetic injectables such as Juvederm and Restylane are alternatives to banish facial wrinkles, however, it is important to understand the difference between dermal fillers and autologous fat injections.
- Fat transfer injectables do not introduce foreign materials like cosmetic injectables do
- Fat transfer to face technique do not have the risk of allergies as cosmetic injectables do
- The results achieved from fat grafting lasts much longer compared to cosmetic injectables
Am I a good candidate for facial fat grafting?
Fat transfer to face is suitable for adults wanting to eliminate wrinkles, frown lines or loss of layer of fat on the face.
Which areas of the face can fat grafting be performed?
Facial grafting can help restore volume on the cheeks, chin, under-eyes area and lips of the face.
Is fat grafting injectables or cosmetic injectables more suitable for me?
You must discuss your options with the surgeon during your consultation. Although both procedures deliver similar outcomes, fat grafting lasts longer compared to fillers, therefore, decision must be based upon how long you want the results to last.
How is the procedure performed?
- Fat is harvested from a donor area with liposuction
- The collected fat is purified
- Fat is then injected back to the area to be treated
How do I prepare for my surgery?
The procedure will be a day case procedure. Avoid taking aspirin or any blood thinners at least 2 weeks before your surgery to avoid complications.
How long does the procedure take?
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What is the recovery period going to be like?
Expect some swelling and bruising but it will fade away within a few days, and pain medication can be taken to ease any discomfort. However, avoid strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks.
What are the complications associated with the procedure?
Soreness and swelling are commonly experienced after the procedure. Infection on the incisions may occur but can be avoided.
Is the procedure going to be painful?
No, you will be under local anaesthesia that will numb the area to be treated providing comfort throughout the procedure.
Will I be left with scars?
The incisions made for the cannula are very small and will leave no visible scars.
What results can I expect after my surgery? Is it permanent?
The results will be immediate after the swelling has gone down. The result achieved from the fat transfer to face technique will last a long time and can even last permanently if good aftercare routine is followed.
Is fat transfer and fat grafting the same thing?
Yes, both fat transfer and fat grafting refers to the process of removing fat from a donor area and injecting it back to the area needed to be treated. You may also come across a term ‘microlipoinjection’, which again refers to the same technique.