Facial Fat Filling & Fat Grafting
Facial fat grafting, or facial fat filling, is a cosmetic procedure that can restore the natural contours of your face and give you a more beautiful appearance. At Volpe Plastic Surgery, we perform facial fat grafting in Boston for men and women who want to rejuvenate the youthful beauty of their face.
The Effects of Aging on Your Face
As we age, we tend to lose volume in certain areas of the face- the outer brows, upper cheeks, along the jawline among other places. Weight loss can contribute to this. Sometimes nature did not bestow sufficient fullness in these areas even when younger! For sure a fuller face with highlights in these areas is a sign of youth, attractiveness and vitality and facial fat filling may be the best solution.
What Is Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting (fat transfers, fat injections) is a commonly used technique for adding volume to areas of the face that have begun to droop or have taken on a flatter or hollowed appearance due to facial volume loss as a result of aging. The facial volume is restored using the patient’s own natural body fat that is harvested from another area of the body with an abundance of excess fat.
Advantages of facial fat transfers include long lasting results using your own natural body tissue. Facial fat filling can be used to:
- Restore lost volume to the cheeks
Fill in sunken under eyes
Reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and folds
Reduce the appearance of jowls
Fill in shallow scars
Enhance facial contours
Written on January 29, 2019
“It was a painless and remarkably fast procedure. Even though I had been told in detail what to expect, I was still amazed by the entire experience.”
Facial Rejuvenation Using Facial Fat Filling
We can utilize this technique for augmenting the cheek area. It is also used in many other areas from the brows to the lips. This can be a stand alone procedure performed under local anesthesia in an office setting or can be used as a sub-technique when one undergoes face lifting or eyelid surgery.
In more than half of the facelifts that I perform, I utilize fat transfers to replenish volume in faces in addition to surgically lifting the tissues. Facial fat injections are small drops of fat injected utilizing a special needle called a cannula.
With time, some of the fat will establish itself in the new area providing volume to that area. The amount of fat to survive in an area depends on the different anatomical sites. The cheeks, for example, are excellent areas for volume enhancement with fat grafting with high fat “take”.
* Individual results may vary.
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How Facial Fat Filling Is Performed
Fat grafting requires obtaining fat cells elsewhere on your body- possibly from under the chin if there is some there. Other potential areas are from around the belly button or the love handle regions. This is done with a mini liposuction technique, usually with local anesthesia unless one is undergoing another procedure with general anesthesia.
The fat is processed and ultimately placed in small syringes and then injected into the area on the face that requires filling. Technique is extremely important in the amount of “take” of the fat, and small drops are carefully and slowly placed in the desired areas.
What to Expect During Recovery from Facial Fat Filling
Care is needed in the post procedure period to avoid undue pressure or rubbing in the area to allow the fat to heal in the selected area. There may be some bruising and a small amount of swelling in the treated area although this tends to resolve quickly. Results tend to be quite satisfying for this relatively simple technique!
How Much Does Facial Fat Grafting in Boston Cost?
Several factors affect the price of facial fat grafting, including the size of the treatment area and the amount of fat to be extracted for the injections. Once Dr. Volpe has created your customized treatment plan, the cost associated with your fat transfer procedure will be reviewed with you.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Volpe Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for facial fat grafting in Boston with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Volpe. Dr. Volpe specializes in plastic surgery of the face and is dedicated to providing our patients with personalized and natural-looking results.