Fat grafting involves surgically removing fat from one area of the body (with microliposuction) and transplanting it to another. Even though some of the fat will be absorbed, the majority of it lasts indefinitely. Where fillers are typically predictable in what one could expect, fat is less predictable and may not “take” as much as one wishes. Most doctors inject fat with a microdroplet technique, placing fat into the deep and superficial compartments of the cheeks.
• Fat grafting is good for those who want long-lasting results and are willing to endure a downtime period.
• It’s best used under the eyes, smile lines around the mouth, creases between the brows, the lips, cheeks, temples, jawline and above the brows.
• Since your own fat is used, there is no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
• Fat has the potential to be permanent and is scientifically proven to have long-lasting effects in the face as opposed to other parts of the body since small amounts of fat are used. You may require a secondary procedure if the final results garnered the first time around are not what you expected.
• You may be bruised and swollen for a few weeks, and if you get large volumes of fat injections, you may stay swollen for months. Most patients have small amounts of volume injected and usually look good in one to two weeks.