While significant signs of aging include wrinkles and sagging skin, one of the major underlying causes of these issues is facial volume loss. This loss of volume can lead to accentuation of the bony contours of the temples and around the eyes, as well as can make the cheeks look flatter and less full. Fat grafting is a procedure that transfers adipose tissue to the face to restore lost volume. The fat is removed via liposuction and is then prepared for injection into the face. Common treatment areas include the nasolabial folds (between the nose and the lips), marionette lines (between the lips and chin), flattened cheeks, jowels, and hollows under the eyes.
Anesthesia may be general or intravenous sedation in combination with local anesthesia in the area being treated.
The surgical procedure takes place over an average period of 90-120 minutes. If necessary, this period may be extended. However, the surgical procedure time should not be confused with the amount of time the patient will be in the operating room. That amount of time will also include the administering of anesthesia and postoperative recovery.