Are you looking for a youthful, natural appearance? Fat grafting is considered safe, permanent, and natural. It can be combined with fillers or used on its own to help create a more youthful contour to the face. It is also used to plump out depressions in the skin, such as acne scars. However, like any cosmetic procedure, it may not be right for everyone.
As we age, our face loses fat and volume around the eyes and cheeks. As the face loses that volume, wrinkles and lines can become more prominent, the eyes can look sunken, and the cheek area less defined. Fat grafting gives us the ability to remove excess fat deposits from other areas of the body and gently place it in the areas of depleted volume. This can be a subtle way to restore a more youthful appearance.
How Does it Work?
Once fat is collected, it is purified and carefully placed in the target area. The result is a natural look that typically lasts longer than dermal fillers because there is nothing to break down the fat cells. Because it comes from one’s body, there is no risk of rejection. That is what makes it a natural choice for many people.
Fat cells, like every cell in our bodies, contain stem cells, leading some to believe the fat graft has an anti-aging effect. There is no scientific evidence to back this up; however, in our experience, fat grafting can work well when combined with platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This process uses a concentration of regenerative cells derived from one’s own blood plasma.
Recovery from fat transfer with or without PRP is minimal and can last up to a week. Cold compresses can alleviate any swelling that occurs.
Everybody’s skin is unique. Sometimes transferred fat can be absorbed, so it is common to inject more than needed. If, however, it does not break down, it may take on a lumpy appearance. A skilled provider can minimize this risk, but the process is simply not predictable. As with any filler, it is possible for the fat to spread to unintended areas.
Every cosmetic procedure has its benefits and inherent risks. We would be delighted to evaluate your face and make a prudent, honest recommendation on fat grafting and other procedures. Call Chicago Facial Aesthetics today for an appointment.