Facial Fat Injections
What Are Facial Fat Injections?
Facial fat injections, sometimes called fat transfers or fat grafts, 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. Dr. Steinbrech often uses the BodyBanking® procedure when performing facial fat injections on men (though this is much more common for body fat injections in men). This self-developed procedure minimizes the amount of fat cells lost, preventing disproportionate weight gain after the procedure. Facial fat injections for men are proven to produce a natural looking result.
Fat cells can be added for fullness:
- Under the eyes
- In the lips
- In the cheeks
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 needle and is then placed into a centrifuge. This centrifuge cleanses the fat, removing any impurities and unnecessities. After being removed from the centrifuge, the fat is then injected to the desired areas by a needle that enters these 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 merges with the surrounding skin.
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 be an efficient way for men to reduce wrinkles, diminish acne scarring and get back a more youthful appearance. By injecting human fat harvested from your own body, cosmetic surgeons enhance facial fullness, fill deep creases, soften facial creases and wrinkles, plump lips and build up shallow contours.
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 injection is more of an extensive procedure rather than the use of other cosmetic injectable fillers because liposuction techniques are involved. These techniques are used to extract the fat before injection.
While fat injection is a non-surgical procedure that can be completed with local anesthesia, it may require local anesthesia with sedation if larger amounts of fat are being collected through liposuction methods.
- Lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Taking certain medications or adjusting your current medications
- Stopping smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoiding aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.
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.
A Fat Injection Is a Good Option if You:
- Are desiring large volume enhancements and require deep tissue injection
- Are physically healthy
- Have mild or moderate degree of facial aging
- Have specific, but realistic, goals in mind for the improvement of your 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, you can get back to your 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.
Treatment Cost & Consultation
For more information about a fat injection procedure for men, please call fill out our contact form to set up your fat injection consultation today. Dr. Steinbrech is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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