As we get older our fat content in the face - particularly the mid-face and chin area - loses some volume, helping to draw the skin downwards. This can make our cheeks look rather sunken and the whole face a little empty. A similar appearance is evident if one loses a significant amount of weight. To regain the appearance of youth again one can volumise the face by transplanting fat taken from different part of the body (typically the abdomen and thighs but we can utilise many other excess areas of body fat). This can give you a healthier glow and restore and rejuvenate what added years have been taking away. Volume restoration for the face also adds more light to the face, which in turn can make the skin look more radiant. Adding fat back to the face can even begin to help the skin texture and tone through what is thought to be a stem-cell response that the skin undergoes over areas of transplanted fat. This phenomenon is only speculated and is not conclusive but can be evident towards a year following fat grafting.
Fat grafting involves removing fat from one’s own abdomen or thighs to put into certain regions of the face that start to lose fat. Only tiny amounts of fat are removed so this should not be equated with liposuction. Using blunt cannulas (which are 1 mm hollow tubes with a blunt end and a small hole through which the fat comes out) the fat is injected as little droplets throughout the areas of facial hollowness. By using this microdroplet technique, grafted fat has a much higher blood supply so that survival is improved and the results are smoother given how small each individual fat parcel is. The minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes approximately 1.5 hours. You are able to go home immediately afterwards. Frequently, fat grafting to the face is a part of a balanced and comprehensive rejuvenation strategy that may include blepharoplasty and/ or facelift.
Please watch the above video to learn more about the procedure