A Natural Way To Add Volume

Facial fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transplantation, is the extraction of fatty tissue from another part of the body that is then used to add volume to the face and lips. The fat is gently harvested from an area with excess fatty tissue and processed during the procedure before being injected into the face. This method of contour correction is excellent for other parts of the body as well, and is often used to fix minor imperfections in breast augmentations and revisions. 

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Fat Graft Or Synthetic Fillers?

Longevity and a lower risk of allergic reaction are key advantages to fat grafting.  Fat grafts are ideal for those who wish to avoid using synthetic fillers either because of fear of allergy or complication, cost efficiency when larger volumes are needed, or a simple preference for the body's own cells over artificial material. Fat grafts often last 3 years or longer, significantly longer than synthetic fillers.

Fat grafting is a surgical procedure that always produces a degree of bruising and swelling, requiring some downtime for recovery.  Note, there is less fine shape control with fat grafting when compared to fillers. Durability is less predictable due to variation in the percentage of fat cells that survive the graft, which varies from patient to patient.

Is Facial Fat Grafting Ideal For You?

Dr. Bass conducts a thorough consultation with each patient. He partners with them to select the best filler option that will work in harmony with the other facial rejuvenation treatments they require. In general, if you have substantial facial volume loss, including in the cheeks, folds, temple or tear trough, facial fat grafting could be appropriate for you.

Facial fat grafting is suitable for those of all ages. Patients who have lost a significant amount of facial volume due to aging are clear beneficiaries, but so are younger patients who are unhappy with their facial contour and desire enhancements to facial shape in the cheeks, jawline or chin.

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What Occurs During A Facial Fat Graft?

Facial fat grafts frequently happen in conjunction with facelifts. They can also be performed as stand-alone procedures in patients not ready for a facelift, or older patients who have previously had a facelift but only need global volume restoration. The procedure begins with liposuction of an area with excess fatty tissue; the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs are common harvest sites. Small incisions are made, and then fat is withdrawn using tiny liposuction cannulas. 

At Bass Plastic Surgery, we use a variety of techniques to process the harvested fat and prepare it for grafting.  These techniques help filter out blood, oil, and unwanted fluid. Next, the healthy, viable fat cells are injected into the face in multiple passes to create a three-dimensional lattice of augmentation, creating the desired contour. The ability to do this well relies on the surgeon’s artistry to sculpt a natural, youthful shape. 

What Is Recovery Like?

After a facial fat transfer, swelling and bruising are to be expected. Because the tissue comes from the patient's own body, an allergic reaction is extremely unlikely. Dr. Bass will formulate an aftercare plan and schedule follow-up visits to ensure healing is progressing properly. 

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What Are The Results Like?

An experienced professional with a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and expertise with facial fat grafting is essential to achieving a natural look. Dr. Bass’ results look completely realistic and enhance the patient's existing features.

After a facial fat graft, the face has a more youthful contour, having addressed the worn, tired look caused by facial hollows. Patients can expect to look like a well-rested, refreshed version of themselves.

Why Dr. Bass?

A nationally recognized authority in the field, Dr. Bass has nearly three decades of experience in aesthetic plastic surgery and specializes in facial rejuvenation. He pioneered the Power of One approach to provide his patients with the best, most complete facial rejuvenation possible. To find out how Bass Plastic Surgery can help you, schedule a consultation today.

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