Aging brings about various changes in our bodies, and one of the first places where these changes become evident is the face. As we age, we experience a decrease in facial volume due to the loss of fat, muscle atrophy, dermal thinning, and reduction in bone girth. Gravity also takes its toll, causing the soft tissues of the face to sag and creating unflattering shadows and folds like marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and tear troughs. However, there is a solution to address these signs of ageing, facial rejuvenation with Face Fat Transfer in Islamabad, Rawalpindi & Pakistan.
Facial rejuvenation with fat transfer, also known as lipostructure or lipofilling, is a technique that can be performed both surgically and non-surgically. It involves restoring volume and youthfulness to the face by transferring the patient’s own fat to key areas of the face.
- What is Autologous Fat Grafting or Fat Transfer?
- Fat Transfer Facial Rejuvenation Target Areas:
- Who Should Consider Facial Fat Transfer?
- The Procedure:
- Recovery After Facial Rejuvenation With Fat Transfer:
- Results of Facial Rejuvenation With Fat Transfer:
- Risks After Facial Rejuvenation With Fat Transfer:
What is Autologous Fat Grafting or Fat Transfer?
Autologous fat grafting is a procedure where fat is harvested from a person’s body, typically from the abdomen or thighs, purified, and then injected into specific areas of the face for various purposes. It is considered one of the most biocompatible dermal fillers and is often regarded as the ideal filler due to its ability to produce soft and natural effects with potentially semi-permanent to permanent results.
Fat Transfer Facial Rejuvenation Target Areas:
Fat transfer facial rejuvenation not only restores volume to the face but also revitalises the skin by improving texture and tone. Under-eye hollows, cheeks, lips, chin, temples, jawline, and wrinkles around the mouth such as nasolabial or marionette lines are some of the common facial areas that can be rejuvenated with fat transfer.
Who Should Consider Facial Fat Transfer?
Someone who has noticed a loss of volume and a shallow appearance in their face is a perfect candidate for facial rejuvenation with fat transfer. Good skin elasticity and absence of any medical conditions that can impair healing are important. It is also essential to be in overall good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
A good candidate may have one or more of the following:
- Furrows or wrinkles on the face or neck
- Loss of facial volume in specific areas
- A diminished jawline
- Deep creases between the bottom of the nose and the corners of the mouth
Facial rejuvenation with Face Fat Transfer in Islamabad & Pakistan is typically performed under general anaesthesia. For men, facial hair needs to be shaved off for better visualisation during the procedure. The fat is harvested through liposuction from donor sites, which are commonly the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. After injecting a tumescent solution into the donor site to numb the area, a small incision is made, and a cannula (a small tube) is inserted under the skin to dislodge the fat, which is then suctioned out.
The harvested fat contains various components like blood, oil, dead fat cells, and local anaesthetics, which can hinder the graft uptake by causing inflammation, necrosis, or vasoconstriction. To obtain viable fat for grafting, the harvested fat needs to be processed or refined. The processed fat is then injected into targeted facial areas to restore volume and enhance contours. Plastic surgeons often overcorrect the treatment area by injecting slightly more fat than needed since fat graft resorption can be high. This improves the chances of fat graft survival.
Recovery After Facial Rejuvenation With Fat Transfer:
Following the procedure, swelling and bruising may occur in both the donor site and the treatment area, but these typically subside within two to four weeks. It is recommended to keep the head elevated and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
Results of Facial Rejuvenation With Fat Transfer:
As the swelling subsides, the results of facial fat grafting become visible. In some cases, repeat treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results. The effects can last between 5 to 10 years.
Risks After Facial Rejuvenation With Fat Transfer:
Although complications are uncommon with facial rejuvenation using fat transfer, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks involved. Some of these risks include bruising, asymmetry, infection, nerve damage, fluid or blood collection, prolonged swelling, and contour irregularities at the donor site. Complete or partial graft loss is also a possibility.
Facial rejuvenation with Face Fat Transfer in Islamabad, Rawalpindi & Pakistan offers a natural and effective solution to combat the signs of ageing. By using your body’s own fat, this procedure can restore volume and provide a more youthful appearance to the face. If you’re considering facial rejuvenation, consult with our qualified plastic surgeon to determine if this procedure is right for you.