Facial fat transfer (also known as fat grafting, fat injecting or lipofilling) has quickly become one of the most popular procedures for restoring the volume to the face that has been lost due to the aging process. It involves removing unwanted fat from other areas of the body and injecting it into the face in order to smooth out wrinkles or to fill out areas where volume has been lost.
The fat used in the transfer can be extracted from almost any part of the body using modern liposuction techniques and prepared for injection into the face. Common treatment areas include hollow skin under the eyes, the nasolabial folds, cheeks as well as “marionette” lines between the lips and chin. Fat transfer is a very natural and safe facial rejuvenation procedure. Because you are using fat from your own body there is no risk of rejection, and it provides a more permanent solution than using synthetic dermal fillers.
The facial lipofilling technique involves extracting fat cells (adipocytes) from the patient and injecting them into the face. The fat used in the transfer is commonly extracted from the abdomen, but other areas, such as the thighs or sides of the torso, can also be used.
The procedure is generally performed under local or general anasthaesia. Fat is collected using a liposuction cannula through a small incision. The fat is then processed through decanting and centrifugation to remove impurities and separate excess fluid and dead cells from the viable adipose fat cells. Varying quantities of fat can be removed depending on the needs of each individual patient.
The purified fat is re-injected in small droplets into different areas of the face, including the eyebrows, temples, cheeks, lips and nasolabial folds. The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours depending on the size of the area being treated, and you should be able to go home soon after the tretment is finished.
Preparation Prior To Surgery:
• Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
• Avoid smoking for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
• Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
• Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
During the surgery:
The facial lipofilling technique involves extracting fat cells (adipocytes) from the patient and injecting them into other areas of the body. The donor section is usually the abdomen, but other areas can be used as well, such as the thighs or sides of the torso. The procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Fat is collected using liposuction cannulas, and the material obtained from the aspiration is processed to obtain the greatest concentration of adipocytes, growth factors, and fat cells. Varying quantities of fat can be removed depending on the needs of each case.
The material obtained is injected into different areas of the face, including the eyebrows, temples, cheeks, lips and nasolabial folds.
Duration of the surgery:
About 1-2 hour
Local or General
Hospital 1 night stay if procedure done in hospital
Risk And Complications:
The complications of lipofilling are minimal and include bruising, swelling, pain, infection, necrosis, and calcification.
Facial lipofilling is a minimally invasive procedure with a brief period of inactivity. During the first days, swelling and some bruising will occur, but they usually go away in 7 to 10 days. Normally, not all the fat cells we inject will survive, which is why slightly more than the necessary volume will be injected as a precautionary measure. Some touch-up work via a second injection may be necessary. Bulges and nodules following this treatment are rare if the injections have been performed correctly.