Fat grafting is a valuable and gratifying method in facial rejuvenation
Where Can Fat Grafting Be Used?
Face hollowing as result of aging or previous facelifts, hand rejuvenation, buttock and breast enlargement, contour deformity correction.
Facial aging occurs primarily as a result of volume loss or atrophy of soft tissue, including fat and facial muscles in mid-30s where soft tissue and bonny loss becomes apparent. In late 40’s and beyond, gravity begins to affect facial tissues. This process results in sagging of the skin, and its excess tends to create folds, grooves, and wrinkles. Fat grafting for facial rejuvenation and tissue augmentation has been used for decades and was refined during the 1990’s and has gone through tremendous advancement since then.
The newer fat grafting techniques utilizes newer graft preparation devices and smaller bore cannulas for grafting. It also considers different modalities for stem cells residing in different densities of grafted fat and role of growth factors in survival of fat grafts.
The technique is a valuable and gratifying method in facial rejuvenation. The results are natural and no foreign body reaction to the graft since it is from your own body. The following synopsis is the latest technique that we utilize at “Sand Cosmetic Institute”.
Stem Cells in Fat Tissue
It is believed that these stem cells may be responsible for a rejuvenating effect on the skin and other tissues of the face, other than just a volume filling effect from fat. Fat grafting is a three-dimensional filling administered underneath the skin layers and facial muscles to provide a better chance for the fat cells to find a nearby blood supply increasing the survival rate of fat cells. Facial fat transfer procedures re-volumize the lost facial volume and give a very youthful effect. There is strong evidence that fat contains adult stem cells.
Who is a Candidate for Fat Grafting?
Whether we call it fat grafting, fat transfer, FAMI, fat injection, stem cell facelift or lipostructure, the process is harvesting body’s your own fat with stem cells in the fat tissue and replacing it into the area requiring rejuvenation or correction such as face, hands, buttock and breasts. Fat grafting is an excellent choice for patients who are uncomfortable with skin excision techniques, like a facelift, but wish to rejuvenate their look. Fat grafting can be used for patients who have already undergone a facelift, and seek correction. In addition, it can also be used to improve contour deformity or to alter an individual’s shape or facial anatomy.
After numbing the area with local anesthetic, the donor fat is taken from the part of the body where the fatty cells are mostly packed, such as from the “abdomen” or a patient’s “love handles.” The prepared fat is then injected into the area requiring treatment or rejuvenation. The transferred fat will revascularize and survive in the new location. The procedure takes about 2 to 4 hours and is performed in an outpatient setting.
Post-treatment care is minimal. There may be some swelling or bruising at the site of treatment, which is normal with any type of procedure. Swelling resolves in a few days and bruising can be covered up with makeup. Most people resume their normal activities the day after their procedure. Although, there are usually some restrictions on activities, such as with exercising or swimming for a few days.
Fat grafting provides long-lasting, successful, and symmetrical results. It is effective, natural, and non-allergenic. The procedure can be performed multiple times, until the desired effect has been achieved. The technique is a valuable and gratifying method in facial rejuvenation. The results are natural and no foreign body reaction to the graft since it is from your own body.