One way of restoring fullness to your mid-face region is to use fillers and injectables, which provide the nonsurgical option of helping to re-establish contour and volume to your cheeks.
Another option to consider is fat grafting, or fat injection cosmetic surgery, which uses your own fat taken from another part of your body (hips or butt) and injected into your cheek region.
Fat grafting is a versatile procedure that can add fullness to areas of your body that age naturally diminishes.
This procedure is typically used to fill sunken areas beneath the eyes, fleshing out certain areas of the face, such as “laugh lines” and nasolabial folds. Forehead creases are filled in and sunken cheek areas are augmented.
This fat transfer procedure removes fat from the donor part of your body where it is abundant and places it in an area where the additional bulk will achieve the cosmetic effects you and your doctor seek.
There is no risk of allergic reaction or rejection since your own fat is being used to restore fullness.
The amount of fat that survives and is not absorbed depends on several factors, such as quality of the fat harvested, injection, blood supply and technique.
On average, between 40-60% of fat that is injected remains and offers permanent results.
There is little down time or recovery from this procedure. However, you will likely experience some bruising or swelling in both the donor and recipient areas.
Your doctor will usually inject excess fat to compensate for the body’s absorption of part of it. This excess amount might make your face look swollen for a week or so as your body absorbs the excess.
However, most patients return to their normal activities almost immediately.
If you would like more information about fat grafting as a way of renewing fullness to your facial region, please call us to schedule your consultation at 215-503-FACE (3223) or by using our contact form.
*Source: Facial Plastic Surgery Today