Facial Fat Injections
What Are Facial Fat Injections?
Facial fat injections are sometimes called fat transfers or fat grafts. They are minimally invasive procedures where fat is taken from a part of the body where it is prevalent and placed in the face in locations where fat has been lost. They can last anywhere between several months to two years, and can even be permanent. This self-developed procedure minimizes the number of fat cells lost, preventing disproportionate weight gain after the procedure. Facial fat injections for men are proven to produce a natural-looking result. The Male Plastic Surgery team often uses the BodyBanking® procedure when performing facial fat injections on men (though this is much more common for body fat injections in men).
Fat cells can be added for fullness:
- In the cheeks
- Under the eyes
- In the lips
- To reduce wrinkles
How Are Facial Fat Injections Performed on Men?
Facial fat injections are very brief procedures, sometimes taking as little as 30 minutes. The fat is removed from the donor area via a syringe and is then placed into a centrifuge. This centrifuge cleanses the fat, removing any impurities. After being removed from the centrifuge, the fat is then injected into the desired areas multiple times in quick succession. It can be best compared to a sewing machine. This motion forms an array of skin threads, which then merge with the surrounding skin. Ultimately, your surgeon will use your own fat to enhance facial fullness, fill deep crease and rebuild shallow contours – without the need for surgery or dermal fillers.
Facial fat injections are often done simply with a local anesthetic, without going under for surgery. However, full sedation may be necessary if the amount of fat being transferred is large enough. Fat injections can also be an efficient way for men to reduce wrinkles, diminish acne scarring and reclaim a more youthful appearance.
Preparation for Facial Fat Injections
Very little preparation is needed for facial fat transfer, but be aware that smoking must be avoided leading up to and post-procedure for a few weeks.
Fat injections are more of an extensive procedure in comparison to dermal fillers as liposuction techniques are involved. These techniques are used to extract the fat before injection. Although fat injections in the face are a non-surgical procedure, it is often coupled with local anesthesia. Facial fat injections may also require local anesthesia with sedation, due to the liposuction.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Facial Fat Injections?
Good candidates for facial fat injection recipients include men who are physically healthy, men with a mild or moderate amount of facial aging, and men who generally desire a noninvasive procedure to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Consistently solid physical health is a frequent necessity with plastic surgery, but it is especially important with facial fat injections. Plastic surgeons will often require an appointment where they can examine the donor area for transferable, healthy fat cells. Between this appointment and the actual procedure, you’ll likely be asked to maintain a consistent weight, otherwise, the surgeon may have to find a new area.
When compared to facial fillers, facial fat injections are the safer option, with fewer side effects and no need for chemicals.
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A Fat Injection Is a Good Option if You:
- Desire large volume enhancements
- Have a mild amount of facial aging
- Are seeking a natural approach to facial contouring
- Have realistic goals for your facial appearance
What Can I Expect During My Fat Injection Recovery?
There is no need to take too many days off of work after a facial fat injection. Patients can get back to everyday activities shortly afterward. It generally depends on how much fat was removed from the transfer spot. Ask your surgeon how long they recommend being out of commission. The affected areas will likely be red and bruised for a couple of weeks. If this happens, some foundation and concealer will hide the bruised area easily. Prolonged exposure to the sun is dissuaded while healing.
Do keep in mind, results may appear to be better than the final product while healing. The body absorbs fat cells, so the amount of fat injected into the site will always be more than the amount desired. Over time, as the area heals and merges with the surrounding skin, any prominences formed by the injections will decrease slightly.
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