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Facial Deflation: The Reason You Look Old & Tired

As we age, we start to look a little bit different. Fine lines appear, skin loses elasticity, and our faces sag. Until recently, it was assumed that most signs of aging occurred because of facial sagging. However, the loss of fatty tissue from the face plays a bigger role in the signs of aging, making your face look gaunt and tired. Dr. Fathimani offers facial fat transfer to restore volume to your face and make you look more youthful.

What is Facial Fat Transfer?

A facial fat transfer is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that reverses the signs of aging on your face. This procedure involves harvesting excess fat from another area of your body, such as your thighs or buttocks, and injecting it into your face. The fat is usually injected into the cheeks, under the eyes, or other areas suffering from deflated volume. Facial fat transfer can fill out fine lines, wrinkles, and creases and make your face look fuller.

Facial Fat Transfer Can Correct:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Deep facial creases and folds
  • Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Deep tear troughs under the eyes
  • Gaunt and hollow cheeks
  • Sagging facial tissues
  • Loss of volume from the temples

Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Restore depleted fatty tissues in the face
  • Make your face look fuller and smoother
  • Improve overall facial contours
  • Slim down the donor site, such as the abdomen or thighs
  • No risk of allergic reactions or rejection
  • Autologous treatment performed using fat cells drawn from your body
  • Completely safe treatment that produces natural-looking results

Facial Fat Transfer: Recovery & Downtime

The recovery from a facial fat transfer is typically quick and easy, with most people able to return to normal activities within a few days. There may be some bruising and swelling around the injection sites, but this should dissipate within a week. You must avoid vigorous exercise or any activities that could cause excessive sweating for the first few days after the procedure.

Woman's face, nicely shaped after oral and maxillofacial surgery in Denver.

The Facial Fat Transfer Surgical Process

Facial fat transfer is a surgical procedure in which fat is removed from one area of the body and injected into the face to add volume and improve the appearance of wrinkles and creases. The abdomen, thighs, and buttocks are the most common areas of the body from which fat is harvested. However, fat can also be harvested from the back, arms, and neck.

Before the procedure, the areas of the body from which fat will be harvested will be marked. Then, local anesthesia will be injected into these areas. Once the areas are numb, the surgeon will make small incisions and insert a cannula, a thin tube, into the incisions. The cannula will be used to suction out the fat. The harvested fat cells will be purified and prepared for injection.

Facial Fat Transfer: Results & Longevity

One of the main benefits of a facial fat transfer is that it provides a natural-looking result. The fat that is injected comes from your own body, so it is not rejected by the body and will not create an unnatural or artificial appearance. The results of facial fat transfer can last for several years, although touch-ups may be needed over time as facial aging continues.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a multi-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in facial cosmetic surgeries. He listens to your goals and concerns, discusses your treatment options, and recommends the least invasive techniques possible to address your goals. He also ensures you feel safe and supported throughout the surgical process. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Fathimani to explore your facial fat transfer options.

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