How is the procedure done?
Fat grafting can be done in combination with other procedures, especially those where fat is removed from the body, such as liposuction. This adipose tissue is removed from the patient (from areas such as the abdomen, hips and thighs) and undergoes a centrifugation process, where anesthetic residues, blood and other substances will be removed.
After this treatment, the fat is grafted onto points on the face that need volume replacement or that have wrinkles. For this, very fine needles are used to inject the substance in the desired places, especially in the malar region, cheeks, jaw, lips and eyes to fill in fine lines.
The anesthesia used can be local with sedation or general, thus, the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Lipograft x Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most used substances to perform facial fillers. This is a material synthesized naturally by the human body, but in a very low concentration.
Hyaluronic acid has lubricating, moisturizing and filling properties and, for this reason, it is widely used in aesthetic procedures. Facial filling with this substance brings someones results, however, it requires continuous maintenance, since it is reabsorbed by the body after a certain time.
Facial fat grafting maintains the filling continuously and, even if time passes, the fat applied to the face is preserved, maintaining the results of the procedure. Furthermore, as it is a material collected from the patient’s body, there is no risk of rejection or allergic reactions.
Another advantage of facial fat grafting is the presence of stem cells that are naturally present in body fat. They make the body produce new skin tissue cells and promote facial renewal.
However, for thinner skin areas and where we seek more correct corrections, hyaluronic acid is the option of choice so that the procedure becomes as inconspicuous as possible!
What is the durability of facial fat grafting?
Unlike other types of fillings, facial fat grafting has no expiration date. While hyaluronic acid remains on the face for 6 to 18 months, the grafted fat is preserved, even over the years. Thus, facial fat grafting is one of the most effective means for those looking for more permanent results.
The process for performing facial fat grafting involves two steps: The removal of the adipose tissue and the application of the grafts on the face. For this reason, recovery after the procedure is more complex than with other types of facial fillers.
It is necessary that the patient correctly follow all the surgeon’s recommendations. Some of the most recommended precautions are:
- Maintain a balanced diet, rich in fluids and nutrients;
- Avoid high temperature environments;
- Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight;
- Do not compress or massage the areas of the face where the fat graft was done;
- When sleeping, keep your head slightly higher than the rest of your body and for four weeks rest, preferably on your back;
- Use the mesh elastic in the areas where the fat was aspirated for the time indicated by the responsible surgeon;
- Attend post-surgical follow-up appointments.