At a Glance
If you are wanting to add volume and shape to your face, you may be interested in a facial fat grafting. This is a facial rejuvenation procedure which is completed with a technique known as lipofilling. Centre for Surgery‘s expert surgeons uses the fat transfer technique to restore lost facial volume that contributes to the ageing process.
You may also be interested in facial rejuvenation procedures such as nano fat grafting.
Lipofilling 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.
Cosmetic injectables 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
Facial fat grafting technique does not have the risk of allergies as cosmetic injectables do
The results achieved from fat grafting last much longer compared to cosmetic injectables
Facial fat grafting is the process of moving fat from a donor area of the body to an area of the face. As you are using your own fat, this method leaves no chance of any hypersensitivity reactions.
Facial fat grafting can help to restore volume to the face, making you appear more youthful and gives your face more balance. It is able to restore any volume that has been lost as a result of ageing or introduce volume that has never previously existed. Facial fat grafting even has positive effects on the skin – it has been shown to help repair damaged tissue and stimulates the skin, improving skin elasticity.
Benefits Of Facial Fat Grafting
- Fat transfer to face delivers natural looking results
- Uses natural materials – not chemicals or implants
- Performed as a day surgery with a minimal recovery time
- 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 on the skin
- Improves the quality of the skin
Possible Side Effects
- 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
Please note that there is an increased risk of side effects if you travel overseas for surgery.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with facial fat grafting.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking. You will have to quit smoking prior to surgery as well as during the recovery period.
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 use 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.
It is important to have realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve, and have a thorough understanding of the procedure. Some of the fat transferred may become reabsorbed, so you may need to undertake a touch-up or repeat session to achieve the desired results.
Those who will not be suitable for a fat transfer to the face include those who do not have enough fat in donor areas which can be transferred. Those who have an unstable weight may also be considered unsuitable.
If you are interested in facial fat grafting, you may wish to look at what finance we have available.
Prior to any procedure, you will need to have a consultation with one of the surgeons. The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the facial fat grafting 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
Facial fat grafting involves three steps:
- Liposuction: fat is harvested from a donor area with liposuction. At Centre for Surgery, we use an exclusive method for liposuction known as ClearLipo™. Unlike other methods of liposuction, ClearLipo™ does not involve the use of heat, which removes the risk of damage to the body both internally and externally.
- Aspiration: the collected fat is purified. This aspiration process separates the living cells from non-viable adipocytes and lipid. This ensures only tissue which will not be reabsorbed will be used.
- Injections: fat is then injected back to the area to be treated and shaped to give you the ideal appearance.
Facial fat grafting is performed as an outpatient surgery. This means you will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Following your surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising which will fade away within a few days. Pain medication can be taken to ease any discomfort.
You may be given antibiotics to take during the recovery period. This will help to lower your risk of any infections occurring.
You will see the result almost immediately after the swelling has gone down. However, it may appear as if too much fat has been transferred, and at first, the results may appear swollen. This is because a certain percentage of the fat will naturally be absorbed by the body. It may take a few months for final results to be noticeable.
You can return to work after a day or two after your surgery, but strenuous activities must be avoided for at least two weeks.
The result achieved from the facial fat grafting technique will last a long time as long as good aftercare routine is followed. You may wish to return for a second procedure if the volume of the face has not increased enough, or too much fat was absorbed by the body.
Am I a good candidate for facial fat grafting?Facial fat grafting is suitable for adults wanting to wrinkles, frown lines or the loss of layer of fat on the face.
Which areas of the face can fat grafting be performed?Facial fat 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 any blood thinners at least two weeks before your surgery to avoid complications.
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 two weeks.
What are the complications associated with this 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?After the swelling has gone down, you will be able to notice results immediately. The achieved results will last a long time and can last indefinitely if a 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.