Fat grafting is designed to augment areas of volume loss that naturally occur with age. Normal facial aging results in progressive soft tissue volume loss, mostly in the form of youthful fat that breaks down over time. As the fat diminishes, skin begins to sag, causing wrinkles, creases and folds. Volume is typically lost in the temple area, the eyebrows and eyelids, the cheeks, the lips, and the jaw-line.
In order to achieve natural and balanced facial rejuvenation results, the lost volume must be replenished. Fat grating is a technique used to artistically transfer fat and restore volume loss. Volumetric fat grafting is a specific technique used by Dr David Shifrin alone or in combination with a facelift and is a very important component in achieving a more youthful facial appearance. Dr. Shifrin will help you determine which approach will best achieve your goals.
Your Fat Grafting Procedure & Recovery
The process involves removing fat from areas where it is not wanted, including the abdomen, hips, and flanks, through liposuction. The fat must be harvested delicately then specifically prepared to assure that only pure, healthy fat is being re-injected into the recipient site. The viable, high-quality fat selected will be reintroduced with extreme precision. The process can be done under local or general anesthesia.
Since the body’s own tissue is used, there is no risk of allergic reaction with fat grafting. There will be some initial swelling and bruising. Some of the injected fat will be absorbed by the body, but the fat that establishes blood supply will be there forever. Occasionally,additional treatments or touch-ups may be necessary especially if additional volume is desired.
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