Autologous fat transplantation, also known as facial fat grafting/transfer, provides the patient with a long-lasting, all-natural solution to facial rejuvenation.
What Is Facial Fat Grafting?
Using your own natural body fat, Dr. Motakis will extract fat from another area of your body and with precision re-inject this fat to various areas of the face, creating a more lifted appearance and adding definition, while diminishing grooves, lines, and wrinkles.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Facial Fat Grafting?
You are likely considered to be a good candidate if you have enough fat in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, flanks or thighs. This fat will then be used to plump the cheeks, temples, nasolabial or marionette folds, the lips, or smoothen the area under the eyes and soften other creases and wrinkles on the face. Dr. Motakis can use the fat to also inject and fill depressed facial scars. There is no specific chronological age to have this surgery, however, most candidates are in the latter half of their adult life and should be in good general health.
What Issues Is Facial Fat Grafting Used To Treat?
This procedure is performed on candidates that are looking to naturally decrease and smoothen deep grooves and wrinkles, improve their jawline, and restore the youthful volume in their face.
How Is A Facial Fat Grafting Procedure Performed?
The procedure is done in a two-step process. First, Dr. Motakis extracts the fat from the donor area using a liposuction technique. This is done through a tiny hidden incision, usually hidden inside the umbilicus. The fat is then processed and prepared to be re-injected in the various areas of the face.
How Long Does A Facial Fat Grafting Procedure Take?
Facial fat grafting generally takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours to perform and is done as an outpatient procedure at our Avenue Road fully accredited on-site surgical facility.
Does Fat Grafting Require Anesthesia?
Facial fat grafting is usually performed under a general anesthetic, although in some cases a local anesthetic with IV sedation can be used.
What Should I Expect After A Fat Grafting Procedure?
On average, it takes approximately 1-2 weeks to recover from a facial fat grafting. Initially, you should expect a few days of minor swelling and occasionally bruising. Discomfort is minimal and is treated with mild analgesics. There will be small tapes over the tiny pokes used to inject the fat for a few days, and there are no stitches to remove.
How Long After A Facial Fat Grafting Procedure Can I Return To Normal Activities?
You will be able to resume light activities 1-2 days after your procedure and you will likely need approximately 5-7 days off work.
What Are The Risk Factors Of Facial Fat Grafting?
Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, inadequate fat survival, prolonged swelling, and infection, irregularities, are among the risks of fat grafting, although these are extremely rare. These risks will be discussed in detail with Dr. Motakis during your consultation with him.
How Long Will My Facial Fat Grafting Results Last?
Candidates should be aware that there is some unpredictability to fat grating. In some patients, the fat may not take or establish the blood supply that is required for it to survive the transfer process. Therefore, the amount of ‘take’ varies from patient to patient as the survival of the fat depends on the quality of the fat obtained from the patient, their age and general health status, as well as, the area that is being treated. On average greater than 60-80% of the fat survives giving the patient a permanent correction of facial volume loss. However, the procedure can always be repeated several times in order to augment the result.
What Our Patients Have To Say
“Dr. Motakis is amazing!! A little over a year ago he performed a facelift, C02 laser resurfacing, fat grafting, and lower eyelid surgery. He is by far the most compassionate, talented, skilled, and honest cosmetic surgeon – every step of the process was such a positive experience. The results were beyond my expectations!! I’m glad I did my research, he is an outstanding surgeon and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for the best.” -Realself.com
Are There Any Alternatives To Surgical Facial Fat Grafting?
For patients looking for a more modest enhancement or those interested in a more gradual modification, injectable fillers can often be used to make correction of fine lines, wrinkles and increase the plumpness of the face. Fillers such as Belotero©, Sculptra©, or Radiesse© have minimal recovery and great predictability but must be repeated every few months or years depending on the area treated and the amount/ density of the product used.