Have you heard of FAMI? It stands for Fat Autograft Muscular Injection. That probably just left you with another question. Like what exactly is Fat Autograft Muscular Injection? FAMI is a fat transfer procedure that uses fat taken from another part of your body to use in your face. Dr. Johnson performs this type of fat transfer on patients who are looking to regain a youthful visage and reverse signs of aging.
As we age, so does our face. Skin quality diminishes. Collagen and elastin decrease. We begin to form wrinkles and sag. The facial fat volume also decreases. Loss of facial fat makes us look older. Think of the youthful appearance of children, aka “baby face” – it’s because they have a lot of facial fat. Our facial fat volume peaks between eighteen to twenty years old and then begins to gradually decrease.
FAMI gives patients a more youthful appearance by filling out the volume that is lost as part of the aging process. FAMI takes fat from another site on the body, refines it, and injects it into the face to replace that missing volume. Collection sites include the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks and fat is harvested through a liposuction. The procedure is minimally invasive, outpatient, and performed in the office. Patients are awake throughout the fat collection and also through injection. Some patients report swelling and bruising after the procedure, but most patients have a quick recovery and are back to their normal routine in about a week.
Fat transfer procedures are not new to the cosmetic surgery scene, but FAMI is a different procedure than traditional transfer methods. FAMI takes into account the face’s vascular muscle network and places the injected fat in or under the muscle for longer lasting results. Another benefit of FAMI is that it results in a fuller, more symmetrical look. Adding fat to the face can help improve tone, and may also improve the skin’s texture.
Candidates who see the most benefit from FAMI are those who have sagging jowls and areas that appear sunken or skeletal, as well as anyone who wants to reduce the signs of aging.
If you want to make yourself more familiar with FAMI and have questions about the procedure for Dr. Johnson, call 214.347.8667 to schedule a FAMI consultation today.