As you age, your face loses volume, most prominently around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline. Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, can restore attractive contours to these facial structures and create a more balanced profile. This safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure produces natural-looking results.
What is fat transfer?
Facial fat transfer is a minimally invasive anti-aging procedure that takes a small amount of fat from your abdomen, thighs, or buttocks and injects it into areas of your face you want to enhance. Fat grafting is used to minimize wrinkles and fill in sunken areas of the face, such as the cheeks and under the eyes. Fat injections offer more permanent correction than that provided by temporary facial fillers.
What are the benefits of fat transfer?
A facial fat transfer can smooth away laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. It can also help fill in acne scars, correct skin depressions or indentations, and add volume to thin lips or sagging cheeks. And because your own fat is used, there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
How does fat transfer work?
The procedure involves using gentle liposuction to remove tiny amounts of fat from a fatty area of your body, such as your abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and transfer it to the affected areas of your face. The fat is injected as little droplets throughout the areas of facial hollowness. Commonly performed as a supplement to a facelift or mini facelift, fat injections only take a few minutes to administer and require little to no downtime.
Some facial areas require only one treatment for noticeable and long-lasting improvement, whereas others will need more than one fat transfer to achieve the desired results, which can last from several months to 2 years or more. For some people, the effects last indefinitely.