Nowadays, your face is out in the world more than it ever has been. Along with going to work and attending networking, social, and family events, we now see our pictures posted all over the internet, including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And anyone who has experienced the online dating world knows that people make matchmaking decisions based on a split-second scan of a photograph.
So many of us are constantly reminded about the role appearance plays in our everyday lives. If you’ve been exploring ways to look your best and keep a youthful appearance, there’s a good chance you have encountered face fat transfers. This innovative approach to cosmetic enhancement promises to smooth out wrinkles and keep the face looking full and healthy.
By learning more about fat transfer to the face and what the benefits are, you can decide if this procedure is right for you.
What is fat transfer to the face?
Facial fat transfer, also known as facial fat rejuvenation or face fat grafting, is a procedure that involves taking fat from another part of your body and transferring it to your face. The goal is to achieve a more youthful appearance, as well as to correct scarring on the face. Traditionally, these fat injections are inserted into the under-eye area, cheeks, nose, and corners of the mouth.
Once the fat is removed from another part of the body, healthy and undamaged cells are separated to be used in the facial transfer. Facial fat transfer is an outpatient procedure, enabling patients to go home within a couple of hours.
What is the ideal age for undergoing face fat transfers?
Facial fat transfer generally benefits people over the age of 30 years old.
Fat volume peaks in your twenties. This is why people this age tend to have a comparatively more attractive, filled-out facial appearance. This fullness can start to drop off in the thirties. And once a person reaches their mid-forties to early fifties, many people start to notice a looser and more hollowed-out look. People at this age will typically still have sufficient skin elasticity for fat transfers to be a viable option.
Benefits of Fat Transfer to Face
The major benefits reported by people undergoing a fat transfer procedure include:
1. Looking Refreshed and Younger
As we age, our facial fat volume is reduced. As a result, we often end up with hollowed cheeks and/or an indentation at the front of our neck. Depending on our skin elasticity, we may also end up with a skeletal appearance of sagging jowls. Fat transfers reduce these issues, giving your face a smooth, youthful appearance.
2. No Incisions
Facial fat transfers involve injecting fat into the areas of your face you want to enhance. There is no need to cut your skin or worry about scars and long recovery times. This is an appealing alternative for people who wish to undergo a cosmetic enhancement without the need for surgery.
3. An Outpatient Procedure
Face fat transfers are minimally invasive, allowing patients to walk out of the office after the procedure. Additionally, facial fat transfer is typically performed with local anesthesia — meaning that you are awake and alert during the process but you feel nothing. This eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia.
4. Better Results
At Innovations Medical, we offer a technique called fat autograft muscle injection (FAMI). Although facial fat transfers have been around for several decades, FAMI takes into account the path of the blood vessels in your face, known as vascular paths, for optimal results.
Fat cells that are transferred to the face can survive for years or longer, compared to synthetic fillers that only last six to 12 months. Recent techniques, including adding platelet rich plasma (PRP) can increase cell survival for facial fat transfer even longer.
6. Uses Your Own Tissue
By using your own fat, which is often taken from a problem area, facial fat transfer procedures can minimize the risk of adverse or allergic reactions. In contrast, other facial fillers can have a higher risk of complications or adverse reactions.
7. Can Improve Your Quality of Life
While it won’t solve all of your problems, having a younger, fuller-looking face can be a big confidence booster. Feeling more confident can have a more positive face-to-face effect on people, and can improve relationships, your career, and give you a little boost every time you look in the mirror.
Fat Transfer to Face Recovery Time
Patients who undergo facial fat transfers can typically return to their regular routines within several days after the procedure. However, do note that bruising and minor swelling is typical for approximately three weeks after the procedure has been completed.
Contact Innovations Medical and Learn More About Fat Transfer to the Face
If you’re looking for a smoother face and a younger appearance, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.
To find out if facial fat transfer or any of our other cosmetic procedures are right for you, and to learn how Innovations Medical can improve your life, call us at (214) 643-8665 or schedule an appointment.