Aging and its consequences are better understood now than ever before. In addition to wrinkles and creases on the face, a loss of fat and volume under the skin may cause the cheeks to appear hollow and gaunt. This volume loss may be reversed by facial fat grafting in Troy, an operation performed with distinct advantages over other options. To learn more, contact Danielle DeLuca-Pytell right away. She is a skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience who can further explain what is required for this procedure.
Overview of the Process of Facial Fat Transfer
Autologous fat grafting, or facial fat transfer, is a treatment available in Troy in which your plastic surgeon transfers your natural fat cells from one part of your body and into your face to restore a youthful look.
Since it does not require several treatments, you are likelier to see natural-looking results with this operation as compared with temporary injectable fillers or collagen treatments. During your procedure, liposuction is performed to harvest fat from various body regions to fill wrinkles and other areas that have lost volume, thereby achieving natural fullness.
This surgery treats loss of volume of the face and hands, too. Fat grafting can help restore some of the lost volume with the body’s own tissue. It is often done in conjunction with a facelift but can be a stand alone procedure. While surgeons often use fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, fat can be transplanted to other areas of the body as a corrective procedure (such as for contour irregularities after breast procedures or liposuction).
How Is Facial Fat Transfer Performed?
Your natural fat cells are extracted with a gentle liposuction technique. They are then prepared for injection by gravity or centrifugation. This process removes oils and serum and allows just the intact fat to be transferred. The fat is then placed into the areas of volume loss through tiny entrance sites. Some overcorrection is performed in anticipation of reabsorption of the fat. It is expected that only 30% of the fat will “take” and become vascularized and act like the other fat naturally found in the face.
The optimal places on your body to harvest your natural fat cells should be discussed with your surgeon during a consultation, but fat is often taken from the tummy, hips, thighs, or buttocks. When it is time for surgery, we will perform a local anesthetic to minimize pain, after which your fat cells are purified and then carefully injected into areas of your face where you wish to smooth wrinkles and creases or enhance the contouring.
Recovery and Expected Results
The fat grafting will take 1-2 hours as a standalone procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there is a period of recovery following a facial fat transfer. Swelling, bruising, and soreness may occur for a few weeks, but these symptoms should go away within a few months.
Your volume-enhancing outcomes will surface when the edema and adverse effects diminish. A few transplanted cells will die within a week of being implanted but the majority will survive. You are unlikely to need any further appointments to maintain your results. After undergoing facial fat transfer, your face will continue to age normally.
Are the Results Permanent?
Facial fat grafting operations in Troy use a small number of fat cells from donor sites on your body, such as the buttocks, abdomen, thighs, and back, to reshape your face, add volume, and tighten your skin—all at once.
Because your body reabsorbs and processes some fat cells, more of them will be harvested and transplanted than necessary. When your recovery is complete (which is usually about 3 to 4 months), the cells that have survived the transfer remain in their new place indefinitely. With this method, the most crucial stage is processing the fat cells for transfer.
What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of a Fat Transfer?
Facial fat injections in Troy may reduce the effects of aging and restore a more youthful appearance. They work wonders on wrinkles and fine lines, as well as on hollowed cheeks, uneven skin tone, and a sagging chin. Using your natural fat cells for this operation also decreases the risk of an allergic response, infection, or other problems associated with introducing a foreign substance into your body.
As a filling material, there is often a plentiful supply of fat. What is transplanted and vascularized after absorption is expected to remain. However, the amount of fat which takes after grafting is approximately 30%, so additional filling to maintain correction with “boxed” fillers may be needed.
All surgery carries risk. We recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, temporary or permanent changes in facial movement, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.
Call Us Today to Discuss Facial Fat Grafting Procedures in Troy
If you are tired of ineffective anti-aging and wrinkle-reduction treatments, we would love to give you a more long-term solution. Undergoing a facial fat grafting in Troy can bring new levels of self-esteem and happiness. Fat grafting can be combined with other facial or body surgeries, or performed on its own, to restore volume. If you are considering pursuing fat grafting, be sure to do so with an experienced, understanding surgeon. Dr. DeLuca-Pytell can help you determine whether this is the right surgery for your unique needs and goals. Call us today to set up an appointment and talk to one of our experts.