Where is the fat transferred to during a facial fat grafting procedure?
Depending on your preferences and clinical examination, fat can be used to accentuate the cheek bones, fill the hollow areas in the temples or face, camouflage laugh lines and other facial creases, and help to reshape the face and nose as a minimally invasive procedure.
Depending on the area of the face, fat is injected superficially just under skin or deeper into the tissue to achieve the desired aesthetic effect.
How is a facial fat grafting procedure performed?
Depending on the amount of fat needed, fat grafting procedures are performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. It is most often performed in conjunction with other procedures under general anesthesia.
After initial preparations, Dr. Abolmaali carefully removes fat from areas of unwanted fat such as the sides of the waist, abdomen or hips using different size cannulas (tubes). Very small incisions (only a few millimeters long) are made. Harvested fat is processed to achieve the desired size globules and is divided into multiple syringes for injection.
In pre-op the areas for injection are confirmed with you and marked for surgery. Fat is transferred using small microcannulas to achieve the desired effects.
The entire process usually takes less than one hour, unless larger quantities of fat are required.
Dr. Abolmaali’s technique for facial microfat grafting ensures a durable and natural result.
What is the facial fat grafting recovery time?
Microfat grafting is always an outpatient surgery. In special circumstances, it can be done without general anesthesia using only local anesthesia.
After the surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising that usually disappears after a week. Initially, you may notice the areas are more prominent than you anticipated—this is completely normal. It is important that you avoid any direct pressure to the areas of fat grafting for a few weeks as it may lead to resorption/loss of the fat. The final results are more apparent in about four weeks.
What is microfat grafting?
Microfat grafting is a new method to improve the results of facial fat grafting. With this technique smaller cannulas (tubes) are used to remove fat from other areas of your body. After processing the fat, we select the purified smaller fat globules for injection in the face. Under sterile conditions, the processed microfat is divided into small amounts and injected with microcannulas into the targeted areas ensuring a smooth and natural looking appearance. The smaller globules of fat have a higher rate of integration with the surrounding tissue producing more predictable and lasting results.
Dr. Abolmaali performs microfat grafting of the face in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift and neck lift or as a stand-alone surgery.
Am I a candidate for facial microfat grafting?
- Fat grafting is a very effective way to correct areas of hollowness or flattening in the face or other parts of body. You may consider facial fat grafting if
- You receive injectables to the face on a frequent basis and wish to have a more lasting result
- You are interested in more durable aesthetic facial reshaping
- You experiencing a hollowness or flattening of cheeks or temples due to facial aging or other reasons
- There is some facial asymmetry after trauma or surgeries
- There are prominent ‘laugh lines’ or ‘marionette lines’ around the mouth
During your consult and careful examination, Dr. Abolmaali reviews the procedure and the areas which may benefit from microfat grafting. If you are unsure of the effects of fat grafting, Dr. Abolmaali can help you to replicate the results with fillers on a temporary basis. If the results are satisfactory, you can then schedule the surgery for a longer lasting solution.