The transition from the cheeks to the lips (nasolabial), the junction of the lower eyelid-cheek junction (“tear trough”), and the progression of the chin to the chin (Puppet line), all tend to become more pronounced. . Cheeks may lose their youthful fullness and lips may appear thin and wrinkled. Fat graft helps to restore the dissipated volume on the face. It is useful in smoothing transition areas and refilling areas where fullness has been lost. It is a natural solution that uses its own fat tissue to minimize the effects of age and restores youth and beauty. There are various “fillers” that can be used to replenish lost facial volume: injectable fillers that are mainly composed of hyaluronic acid and your own tissue filler, fat.
In autologous fat transplantation, fat transfer, autologous fat grafts or micro/nano fat grafts, fat cells are gently removed from the abdomen, thighs or buttocks with small-hole liposuction cannulas to be prepared as fat grafts. Then they are transferred to problem areas of the face or other parts of the body.
Fat transfer or autologous fat grafts can be used to rejuvenate the face by softly filling in folds and wrinkles such as under-eye circles, nasolabial folds, temporal or upper eyelid creases. It is possible to add volume to your lips, to define less prominent cheek areas and to fill the areas needed almost anywhere on the body. Fat grafts can be used to regenerate aged hands and can also be used to regenerate or add volume to the hips and breasts. Since fat grafts are fat cells taken from your own body, they are the most natural filling choice. Fat grafting is often done in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction, facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), and other facial and body plastic surgery procedures.
During the Surgery
Fat cells are removed using a very small cannula and then prepared as a fat graft. The fat grafts are then transferred to an area with a crease or pit using a small cannula or needle. These fat graft cells will not be rejected because they belong to you.
It is possible to go home with a friend or family member the same day following the fat injection procedures. When the fat injection procedure is used in conjunction with other face or body contouring procedures, return to work can take between seven and fourteen days. Swelling is very common after fat transfer or autologous fat injection and usually takes two weeks to resolve. Sometimes it can take up to 12 weeks for the final results of the fat injection procedure to appear. Light aerobic activity can be resumed as early as four to five days following fat injection and more strenuous activity resumed two to three weeks later.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fat grafting is an office-based procedure that is usually performed under local topical anesthesia. The fat used in fat grafting is collected through liposuction from another part of your body, usually from an area where you have some excess. The fat is then sterilized, processed and injected into the target area in a process called autologous fat transplant or microlipoinjection.
Since oil injections are live, we cannot say that they are completely permanent. When a person loses weight, fat injections can melt. However, since the face area is not one of the active areas, 60% of the oils injected here maintain their permanence for a lifetime. Fat injection to the face takes an average of 1-1.5 hours.