Aging is a normal part of life. Certain external things such as our diet, exercise routine, and habits can affect the way aging affects our appearance. One of the telltale signs of aging is a loss of fat in the face. This is usually seen in the areas around the eyes, around the mouth, and on the sides of the face. Autologous fat grafting has been shown to be an excellent way to reverse the deflation affect a person experiences in their face as they age.
At Facial Aesthetic Concepts – with three locations in Orange County – we can help restore lost volume in your face through fat transfer. Our doctors and medical staff can help determine if this is the most effective treatment option for you. Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation. We can create a treatment plan designed for your specific needs.
What is Autologous Fat Grafting?
The term autologous basically means ‘from the same organism.’ So autologous fat grafting is a process where a person’s own body fat is taken from certain areas on the body, usually around their abdomen, and then moved to the desired location on the face. Fat reserves are harvested using a miniature liposuction procedure. Unlike traditional liposuction, the instruments that are used to harvest fat from fat reserves are thin hand syringes.
Why Is This Procedure Performed?
The main purpose of this procedure is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to increase facial volume. Deflation is one of the signs of an aging face. While genetics can affect how much facial fat volume is lost, everyone will lose some facial fat volume as they age. It is rare to see an elderly person who has a full face or full cheeks.
Common Facial Areas to Use Autologous Fat Grafting
This procedure is most commonly used in areas around the mid-face. This means the cheeks, areas around the nose, the lips, under the eyelids, the forehead, and along the jaw line.
How Long Does Transplanted Fat Survive?
When the procedure is performed by a trained professional, fat transfer is a long-term solution to facial deflation and deeper wrinkles. In most cases, upwards of 40 percent of the transferred fat will survive. Patients will often need to have multiple sessions in order to achieve the full look they want.
Who Can Have This Procedure?
Any adult who is looking to improve their facial features can benefit from this procedure. It is expected that a patient be of good health and mentally capable of making the decision to improve their appearance. The entire procedure will take between 45 minutes to three hours depending on the areas that are being treated and how much fat is harvested from the body.
It is true, aging is a natural part of life. But no one wants to look older. Thankfully, there are procedures like Autologous Fat Grafting that make aging gracefully attainable for everyone. If you are looking to recapture your youthful appearance and stave off the effects of aging, contact us today and make an appointment. Our trained specialists are happy to discuss the options that are available for you and set up an appointment for treatment.