If you aren’t ready for a face-lift or serious cosmetic surgery but you want to improve your facial appearance, a cosmetic fat transfer may be the perfect solution.
If you’ve never heard of this procedure, it’s not surprising — most patients haven’t. That’s because, for adding volume and restoring a fuller look to the face, dermal fillers get most of the attention. But fillers aren’t the only safe and effective option.
In fact, cosmetic fat transfer offers some advantages that the alternatives don’t.
What Is Cosmetic Fat Transfer?
Essentially, fat transfer is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves moving fat from one part of a patient’s body to another. Also called microlipoinjection, autologous fat grafting or fat injections, the procedure takes place in three steps.
First, a small amount of liposuction is performed to remove fat from the abdomen, buttocks, thighs or jowls.
Next, the fat is purified and prepared for injection. A centrifuge or filtration system isolates and cleans the fat, removing damaged cells and excess fluids.
Finally, the purified cells are injected into the target facial sites. Results are immediately visible, and recovery is relatively fast and easy, compared to many other procedures.
Facial Fat Injections vs. Facial Fillers
Compared to injecting facial fillers, fat grafting is a more involved cosmetic surgery procedure. However, the treatment offers two key benefits.
Cosmetic fat injections don’t introduce a foreign material into the body. This can be particularly important for patients who are allergic or sensitive to natural or synthetic facial fillers.
Another advantage of fat transfer is that the results often last longer than treatments with other facial fillers. Many patients see the effects last for years, and for some, the volume enhancement can be permanent — especially after a few treatments.
Of course, no single cosmetic surgery procedure is right for every person, and results from fat injections can vary among patients. To determine the right treatment for your lost facial volume, consult with a professional aesthetic plastic surgeon or nurse injector.
The Beauty Now team at Mobley MD Utah Facial Plastic Surgery has extensive experience in all the best treatments and cosmetic surgery procedures for facial rejuvenation. To find out if cosmetic fat transfer is your best option, contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation today.
NOTE: The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to substitute for personal advice from an experienced cosmetic surgeon.