Fat grafting is a revolutionary new way to restore the youthful appearance of the face by sculpting it into the desired shape. During the ageing process, there is a loss of volume as well as a change in character of skin. This volume is lost from several areas of the face leading to the following: ·
- Sunken eyes
- Hollow cheeks
- Deep nasolabial lines (lines from nose to mouth)
- Hollow temples
- Any depression or irregularity following disease or trauma
- Deep wrinkles over face, neck and hands
Along with this, the skin also loses its elasticity and normal character. Fat grafting is a simple procedure to restore the volume and as a result, the youthful look of the face. Along with this, stem cells can be processed from fat and utilized to rejuvenate the aged or scarred skin.
How is it performed?
Your own body fat from the abdomen or thighs is harvested by simple suction (called liposuction) through a syringe or machine under local anaesthesia. It is then processed into small droplets and stem cells. The processed fat is then injected into the desired areas of the face once again under local anaesthesia.
How does it work?
It works in two ways;
a) As the fat is your own body tissue, it gets accepted (there is no rejection), develops its blood supply and lasts for a long period. The fat cells survive and keep their volume as the new blood supply grows into them.
b) Fat is rich in stem cells, and we process the fat to yield Nanofat that is rich with stem cells. This is injected directly into the skin. The stem cells stimulate other cells in the skin resulting in increased collagen and subsequently, younger looking skin.
Where are my fat cells collected from?
Your cosmetic surgeon will collect fat cells from areas which have plenty of fat such as the thigh and abdomen.
How much fat do I need?
Fat grafting in the face doesn’t require large volumes- usually about 10-30 ml. Every person, even slender people usually have enough fat for this purpose.
What does the procedure involve?
It is a simple procedure done under local anaesthesia. The surgery lasts for an hour and you can go home that same day. You can perform all your usual tasks from the next day onwards.
Is it painful?
Once the local anaesthesia is administered through a single needle prick, it is painless.
Are there sutures or scars?
The grafting is done through tiny needles, so no sutures are used on the face and there are no scars.
What is the postoperative course? How will my face look after the procedure?
There may be mild swelling and bruising for 3 days. This is usually mild and subsides on its own, but it can be concealed with makeup. It does not prevent you from going to work. However, as with all cosmetic procedures we advise you not to schedule important meetings and functions in the following week.
How long will the results of fat grafting last?
The fat grafts that"take" become a permanent part of your facial soft tissues and hence lasts for a long time, including up to 10 years. However, it is subject to natural factors such as weight changes and continued aging, like the fat tissue that is naturally present
What areas can fat grafting be used?
- Upper eyelid area
- Cheek area
- Nasolabial lines
Can fat be used for wrinkles?
Yes, fat can also be injected into deep wrinkles.
What can stem cell nano fat be used for?
- Dark circles
- Acne Scars
- Any scars
- Stretch marks
- Sun damaged skin
What is the advantage of fat over fillers?
- It is your own body tissue.
- It lasts much longer (10 years) while fillers only last up to a year.
- More volume can be gained compared to fillers.
- It is cheaper in comparison: 10cc of fat can be injected for the price of 1cc of filler. Also, fillers require repeated payments since they have to repeat every year.
- The results are natural and softer.
What else can fat grafting be used for?
- Breast augmentation
- Buttock augmentation