Autologous Fat Transfer/Fat Grafting
Autologous facial fat grafting uses fat taken from your own body (autologous fat) as an aesthetic filler. Fine lines and wrinkles can be filled to help reverse signs of aging. The fat can also be used to plump lips and add volume to sunken cheeks. Fat transfer offers natural-looking results when done on its own or paired with a facelift procedure.
How Does It Work?
An autologous fat transfer is done in several steps. First, Dr. Farole will harvest fat from one or more selected areas via liposuction. This involves a small incision that allows a cannula tube to gently remove fat. The collected fat is then processed and ready for injection. Dr. Farole then adds the purified fat to predetermined injection sites smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving overall contour of the face.
Downtime varies on a case by case basis. You may find yourself swollen or bruised at the liposuction sites for 3-6 weeks post-surgery. Some swelling from the injections can be expected to leave your face slightly puffy for 1-2 weeks.
Is It Right for Me?
You may be a candidate for facial fat grafting if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or deep facial folds. Patients who are seeking to correct age-related volume-loss may also be a good fit for the procedure. Fat grafting can be especially beneficial to those who have unwanted fat in a certain area of their body.
The ideal candidate for the procedure is both physically and mentally healthy. Patients should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Some initial results can be seen directly following your fat transfer. Areas from which fat was removed will appear thinner and more contoured. Injection sites will be fuller and have a smoother texture. As swelling subsides over the course of a few weeks, final results will become evident.
An autologous fat transfer is safer, more cost-effective, and provides longer-lasting results than synthetic fillers.