Autologous Fat Facial Filler

Overview

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

Anesthesia may be general or intravenous sedation in combination with local anesthesia in the area being treated.

Surgery Duration

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.

Hospitalization Period

Under normal circumstances, the hospitalization period is approximately a few hours, up to 1 day.

Postoperative Care

After the surgery, your face will be swollen and slightly bruised; however, most patients say that they are more tender at their donor site than in their face. Facial bruising and swelling usually peaks within 2-3 days after the procedure and then rapidly subside. Sleep with your backside (face up) with your head elevated for 4 weeks following surgery. In the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, it may appear as if you are still swollen or too much fat has been used. Don’t worry, this swelling will subsude gradually leaving you with a more natural appearance long term. Strenuoous activity and exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks in order to allow for maximum survival of the fat grafting material.

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