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Fat Transfer to the Face
As we get older, we lose facial volume, particularly in the mid-face, which can make the face appear sunken and sagging. Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or lipofilling, produces very soft and natural results by restoring this volume. It is fast becoming a popular alternative to temporary facial fillers and is often used as an adjunct treatment to the facelift.
As we age, our skin elasticity and facial volume are depleted, and we begin to notice the various signs of facial ageing. Hollows appear at the temples and the mid-face flattens, causing the cheeks to appear less rounded and prominent and lines to deepen between the nose and mouth. The jawline begins to sag and lose definition, with jowls often forming. A comprehensive procedure to address these various issues may be required.
During a facelift, the skin and soft tissues of the cheek, lower face and often the neck, are tightened and lifted. Typically, the layer of muscle underneath the skin, known as the SMAS layer, is also lifted to restore a more youthful face shape. The cheeks appear lifted and more rounded and the jawline appears more defined.
The exact technique that Mr Juling Ong will employ will depend on your individual requirements and what you’re hoping to achieve.
During your consultation with Mr Juling Ong will assess the degree of volume loss in the face and also the potential donor sites and the volume of fat that will need to be taken to achieve the results you are hoping for.
Donor sites typically are the abdomen, flanks and outer and inner thighs. Approximately twice the volume of fat has to be harvested as half its volume is lost during the purifying process. Although there are minimal side effects, these will be discussed in full during the consultation.
The fat is removed from the donor area via liposuction and then prepared in a centrifuge. This separates out any blood and oily fluids, leaving the purest form of fat that can then by injected into the face.
Mr Juling Ong will recontour the face with the fat, precisely transplanting the cells in very thin layers to help improve the smoothness and quality of the final result. The procedure is performed as a day case procedure and recovery is usually very quick.
Frequently Asked Questions
How best can I prepare for my facial fat grafting procedure?
Getting to your ideal body weight is preferred as further weight fluctuations after your procedure can affect your results. Mr Juling Ong also advises facial fat grafting patients to stop smoking as soon as possible as it seems that fat grafting is less successful in people who smoke.
How soon will I see the results of my fat transfer to the face?
Results are instant, but there will be some swelling and bruising and some of the fat cells will fail to graft which is completely expected. So, the final results will be visible after a couple of months.
Your face should appear fuller and softer and there is often a reported improvement in the texture of the skin.
Is fat transfer to the face permanent?
Hyaluronic acid facial fillers can last between six months to over a year, so facial fat grafting is becoming popular as a longer-lasting solution to facial ageing. Between 50 and 70 per cent of transferred fat will successfully graft to the new area and should remain there permanently, although it will also be affected by the ageing process.
Each patient responds differently and lifestyle factors such as weight fluctuations and smoking can all affect your results and how long they last.