Autologous facial fat grafting (or fat transfer) is a procedure that uses your own natural tissue to fill wrinkles or hollow areas of tissue. If you are affected by these conditions, you may want to consider a surgical fat grafting procedure with our health system plastic surgery team in Overland Park.
There are a variety of possible treatment applications with autologous fat grafting. The procedure can be used to:
- Correct deep lines on the face
- Correct depressed scars
- Correct thin lips
- Provide facial contouring
Who should consider fat grafting?
Fat grafting is a procedure that can restore fullness and volume to certain areas of your face through a combination of fat liposuction and subsequent lipoinjection using your own excess fat deposits. It can be used to correct a variety of issues like depressed scars, thin lips, hollow areas of your skin, laugh lines and facial creases, among other uses.
How is fat grafting performed?
When you undergo fat grafting, which is done under a local anesthetic, your plastic surgeon will harvest fat cells from one of several areas: your abdomen, thighs, buttocks or another location. Once liposuction is complete, the fat will be purified in preparation for lipoinjection. After your plastic surgeon has injected the appropriate amount of purified fat into the injection site, an adhesive bandage will be placed over the injection site. It is important to note that some of the fat your surgeon injects may be absorbed by your body, affecting the final result, but it is not possible to fully anticipate how much will be reabsorbed.
What can I expect after fat grafting?
Following the fat grafting treatment, you should expect to see some swelling, bruising or redness both in the injection site as well as the donor site, but these will diminish in the days after the procedure. Any pain associated with the procedure may be managed with medication, as necessary. The results of the procedure may last up to a year, but many patients will see the benefits for 3-6 months.
To learn more about the fat grafting procedures to restore fullness to your face, please contact us.