What are the Risks of a Facial Fat Transfer?
As we age, we all struggle with some degree of wrinkles, sagging skin, thinning lips, sunken eyes, and flattened cheeks. These signs of aging are the result of volume loss in the face due to environmental, hereditary, and hormonal factors. There are a variety of effective non-invasive and minimally invasive strategies to combat volume loss and restore youthful fullness to the face, such as dermal fillers, facial implants, and facial fat transfer.
Our Denver plastic surgery practice offers facial fat transfer as a longer-lasting, natural alternative to artificial dermal fillers. There are specific benefits associated with facial fat transfer, and it’s worth investigating these factors when considering your options for facial rejuvenation.
What is facial fat transfer?
A facial fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that involves removing excess fat from one part of the body via gentle liposuction and transferring the fat cells to specific areas of the face. Facial fat transfer is also called “fat grafting.” Your fat cells pose no threat of allergic reactions and offer a longer-lasting, natural alternative to dermal fillers.
Where is a facial fat transfer performed?
Facial fat transfers can be performed in-office without the use of general anesthesia or a trip to the surgery center. Because of these two factors a facial fat transfer is safer and has a faster recovery than more invasive procedures like facial implants.
What should I expect after a facial fat transfer?
Facial fat transfers require some time to recover. You may need to take up to seven days off of work or other activities. You may also have visible swelling and redness for up to two weeks. You will have to avoid high impact or strenuous activity and exercise while healing. The swelling will subside in the weeks following your procedure, and your results are final in three to six months. At this point, the fat cells will be integrated entirely and will have become a natural part of your facial structure. As you continue to age, you may experience an additional natural loss of volume in your face, but this aging process can be offset with facial fat transfer.
Benefits of a facial fat transfer
Unlike dermal fillers, the effects of a facial fat transfer are permanent after the initial period of recovery. This method can be especially useful if you have suffered from facial volume loss, and want a longer-lasting, natural solution. Our Denver facial fat transfer method is often used to target hollow temples, flattened cheeks, nasolabial folds (the area between the nose and lips), marionette lines, hollows beneath the eyes, and sagging along the jawline. The procedure can give you a more youthful look, without using synthetic dermal fillers or facial implants.
Risks of a facial fat transfer
The risks of a facial fat transfer are minimal under the care of our experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Weber is a leader in Denver facial plastic surgery, and his careful execution of facial fat transfers has achieved consistently beautiful results. The most significant and most common risk associated with facial fat transfers is how many fat cells are retained. You can expect 30 to 50 percent reabsorption of fat after a facial fat transfer, but in rare cases, the number can be higher. There is no way to assess precisely how your body will react to a facial fat transfer. You may need a second procedure to achieve the desired results. In the hands of a skilled facial plastic surgeon, other more serious risks are rare.
Choosing a facial fat transfer in Denver
The best way to minimize the risks associated with a facial fat transfer is to select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience. Dr. Weber is a world-renowned, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon with an unparalleled commitment to positive outcomes. Our entire team will help you weigh the benefits and risks involved with all of our procedures so that you can make a decision – our patients rave about the results of facial fat transfer. Talk to us to find out more!