Facial volume loss, in addition to wrinkles and skin laxity, is an important and increasingly recognized aspect of facial aging. A simple metaphor can help people understand the role of fat grafting. When we are young our faces are similar to a full, ripe grape and as we become older we deflate into a raisin. Traditional surgical techniques simply cut and pull the raisin into a pea; however, we should think about re-inflating it back into a grape. Facial fat grafting does exactly this. It restores the lost volume that occurs with aging.
This volume loss is particularly noticeable around the eyes, lips, cheeks, and jawline. It is in these particular areas that fat grafting can play the greatest role in creating a balanced and comprehensive rejuvenation strategy for the face. Fat grafting is often combined with other cosmetic procedures including facelift or eyelid lift surgery.
Fat grafting also appeals to many patients because it is minimally invasive and does not require any traditional facial incisions. Additionally, fat grafting has beneficial effects of containing stem cells that can help restore a youthful skin and tissue appearance. Facial fat grafting clearly plays an important role in combating the aging process. If you have an interest in Facial Fat Grafting in Florida, contact us at Meier Plastic Surgery today.
About the Procedure
Local anesthesia and mild sedation are used for maximum comfort during the procedure. Dr. Meier works only with board-certified anesthesiologists to ensure patient comfort and safety. Facial fat grafting involves removing fat from the abdomen or thighs and placing it where volume has been lost in the face due to aging. This is not the same as liposuction as only small amounts of fat are removed and grafted. Dr. Meier then injects the fat as little droplets throughout the areas of facial hollowness. A small syringe is used to place the fat and the incisions are so small (the size of the end of a needle) that there is no visible scarring from fat transfer. This micro-droplet technique of fat grafting has increased viability and survivability compared with other methods. Dr. Meier is the author of the landmark academic paper proving the durability and clinical results lasting years after fat grafting in the face.
No bandages are required for this minimally invasive procedure. Most patients experience a feeling of tightness and puffiness in the regions injected. This usually lasts for about 5-7 days. Little or no discomfort occurs after the procedure. Dr. Meier will prescribe pain medication should mild discomfort occur. Bruising and swelling are not uncommon and cold compresses as well as head of bed elevation can minimize these effects. Dr. Meier will give you detailed instructions with regards to care after the procedure. Follow-up care is important so Dr. Meier can monitor the healing process.
Facial Plastic Surgery in Florida
Your face is your most important feature as it gives both the first and lasting impression. Aesthetic style differs greatly between surgeons as it depends on not only acquired knowledge and experience, but also aesthetics and ability. Dr. Meier uses his expert knowledge, advanced skill and precision techniques to provide you with beautiful results and a natural appearance. That is his style in everything face.
How long does facial fat grafting last? Some of the fat that is injected goes away but a significant amount stays long-term. Dr. Meier pioneered the study demonstrating long-term results with facial fat transfer.
Is fat grafting worth it? Yes. Compared to year in and year out temporary facial fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, fat transfer is an excellent affordable option for long-term results.
Will I be swollen after the fat grafting procedure? Swelling and bruising in both the donor site (hips and thighs) and the face is common and typically lasts for 1-2 weeks.
Can I combine fat grafting with other procedures? Volume replacement with facial fat grafting is an integral part of total facial rejuvenation and can be combined with almost any facial procedure including facelift, eyelid lift and chemical peels.
What areas of volume loss in the face can be addressed with fat grafting? Facial fat grafting can be used in most areas of the face including temples, brows, lower lid hollows, cheeks, smile lines (nasolabial folds), lips, chin and jawline areas.