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If you would like to make changes in your appearance, there are cosmetic treatments that can help. Getting plastic surgery is one of many ways to improve your facial appearance. There are other less invasive techniques, ranging from fillers to facial fat grafting. Fat grafting helps smooth the skin and define the features by adding volume. The procedure produces long-lasting results. 



Understanding Facial Fat Grafting



Facial fat grafting, or facial fat transfer, is a cosmetic procedure that helps rejuvenate the face by adding volume. It works like facial fillers but uses the individual’s fat instead of synthetic gels. The purified fat is injected into the areas that need more volume. 


Using transferred fat reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. The fat contains stem cells that help with ongoing rejuvenation by stimulating collagen. Fat grafting uses liposuction to remove fat from certain body parts, helping shape or tone those areas.



During Fat Grafting Procedure



Facial fat grafting is performed in-office under local anesthesia to reduce the pressure sensations from the blunt cannula. Using liposuction, surgeons harvest fat from areas such as the abdomen or thighs. The harvested fat is processed and reinjected into the target locations. 

Blunt cannulas are used to avoid injuring the fat and to keep the fat from getting injected into vessels. The fat cells are placed safely into the tissues. Manual massage helps create a smooth and even result. The best thing about using fat is that it is readily available, usually in unlimited supply. 



How Long Does Facial Fat Grafting Last?



It can take several months to see the full impact of the fat transfer, but the results are long-lasting. It helps to know that not all the transferred fat survives, but that which does remains permanently. 


While the results are permanent, aging and weight changes can still affect facial appearance. Unlike dermal fillers that require repeat injections to experience improvements, fat grafting results are long-lasting. This makes the procedure more cost-effective in the long term. 



Maintaining Fat Grafting Results 



Fat grafting is one of the most effective and long-lasting ways to restore facial volume. The results of the procedure are long-lasting, but there are ways to maximize the benefits. Following aftercare instructions will help ensure that you maintain the results. 


Post-procedure instructions include avoiding strenuous activities and resting as much as possible. It is crucial to avoid placing pressure on the face during the recovery period. 



Candidates for Facial Fat Grafting 



Facial fat grafting is ideal for individuals with features that appear deflated of fat. Fat can be transferred to the cheeks, under the eyes, in the jawline, chin, and nasolabial folds. The technique can help restore volume, creating a more youthful appearance. 


Ideal candidates are people with fine lines and wrinkles who require skin rejuvenation. People allergic to certain synthetic ingredients can get the desired results without risk. Individuals looking for a more natural option can benefit from fat grafting. 


Fat grafting lasts longer than fillers, and the results are more natural. The technique has fewer side effects as it does not involve synthetic products. 


For more about facial fat grafting, visit Handal Plastic Surgery at our Boca Raton, Florida office. Call 561-220-6360 to schedule an appointment today.