Aging face gradually starts to lose volume, tends to accelerate as time passes and results in an unhealthy, fatigued or prematurely aged appearance. Fat transfer uses one’s own fat cells to reverse this effect, providing both structural support to soft tissues and restoring fullness to the face.
The procedure involves transfer of fat cells into areas of fat atrophy. Fat is harvested from areas with fat using small syringes, processed and then transplanted to areas of thinned and sunken tissue. Fat transfer is useful in the face for restoring cheek contour, tear trough and hollowness around the eyes. By restoring volume to specific areas of the face also re-establishes the structural support of adjacent tissues. Fat transferring to the cheeks provides structural support to the lower eyelid and reduces hollowness and eye bags.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and sometimes under sedation and is very common to be combined with a facelift procedure.
Fat transfer can be also used to enhance the effects of a breast reconstruction or a breast augmentation surgeries.
Moderate swelling is expected for 1-2 weeks and fat survival rate is approximately 50-60%.