Facial Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting Overview

One of the earliest signs of aging is a loss of fullness in the face. Subsequently, deep lines and creases tend to form in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Although a rather newer procedure, fat grafting also known as lipoinjection or fat transfer, harvests the patient’s own fat using micro lipo-aspiration techniques from areas that excess fat is stored. It is then purified “centrifused” and reinjected it into the patient where a deficit exists, creating an increased fullness in the desired area. Common sites that are used to withdraw the fat include the lower abdominal fat deposit, inner thighs, flanks and inner knees.

Common sites on the face that fat grafting is implemented include/but are not limited to:

  • The sunken areas beneath the eyes
  • The nasolabial folds (the deep wrinkles on the sides of the mouth that are often referred to as “laugh lines”)
  • Forehead creases
  • Cheek augmentation

Before & After Images

One advantage of fat grafting versus dermal fillers is it is the patient’s own tissue and therefore is not subjected to rejection by the body. Another advantage is the body absorbs most fillers within three to nine months, forcing the patient to maintain a regular injection schedule as well as consistently increasing costs.

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Dr. Chahin prides himself in providing his patients with an environment of safety, comfort and care along with a high level of skill and expertise in the field of plastic surgery. Over 20 years of surgical experience has allowed him to build his practice in such a way that you will feel at ease and confident throughout your entire journey. Dr. Chahin strives to achieve natural looking, attractive results with a minimal recovery time and high patient satisfaction. With utilizing the most advanced, safest and least invasive techniques available in today’s sophisticated world of plastic surgery, he is specialized in providing the ultimate refinement of his skills in body contouring, facial aesthetics and breast sculpturing surgical techniques. Dr. Chahin provides his patients with an individualized plan, highlighting his exquisite attention to detail and personal touch. Through kindness, sophistication and exceptional quality of work, Dr. Chahin and his experienced team of staff members will go above and beyond to ensure their patients’ profound confidence and satisfaction.

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Final Thoughts

Fat grafting procedures are often done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or as an independent procedure such as full face fat grafting, or hand rejuvenation. Dr. Chahin will discuss with you these procedures, and what is mutually felt to be the best method of treatment to aid in achieving optimal results for you.

FAQ – Facial Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is the process of taking fat from one location of the body and placing it in an area of needed improvement, volume enhancement, or restoration such as for facial rejuvenation or butt and breast augmentation.

The fat for fat grafting can be taken from any area of the body with excess fat. Usually a small incision is made such as in the belly button, and the fat is then suctioned out through a small cannula that is moved back and forth into the area. The fat is then collected in a collection tube to either reuse or throw away.

It depends on the amount of fat that lives through the “take”. Not all the fat will take and stay in the area that is injected, the loss of fat is called fat resorption. However, the fat that does survive, will be permanent in most cases.

There are various factors that determine the survivability. From the harvest to injection, fat cells have potential to die. The fat must be harvested and injected properly and in a timely and delicate manner so that the fat is not damaged.