As a result of normal aging, the fullness of the face decreases as a result of fat shrinkage and drooping of the soft tissues of the face. This can cause a deflated, sagging, or gaunt look. This often starts in the areas of the temples and cheeks. A youthful face, on the other hand, has a fuller and rounder look.
Restoring the fat loss with facial fat grafting can help restore the youthful appearance of the face and help to lift the drooping skin of the face. This may additionally help to correct the laugh lines (parenthesis), marionette lines, and jowls.
Facial fat grafting may be used in conjunction with a facelift or may even delay the need for a facelift.
Face Fat Grafting Procedure in Pagosa Springs, CO
Face fat grafting involves the harvesting of fat from another area of the body such as the abdomen or thighs, then using that fat to restore volume to the face. (It is important to realize that the harvesting of fat for fat grafting is not equivalent to liposuction for body contouring.) After the fat is harvested and prepared, small blunt cannulas are used to inject small quantities (aliquots) of fat into the desired areas. The injection of these small aliquots enhances the survival of the grafted fat by increasing the surface area which interacts with the blood supply of the face.
Fat grafting is an autologous way to restore the youthful appearance of your face, meaning that it is a technique that utilizes your own tissue. The modality of fat grafting can also be applied to other parts of the body to rejuvenate the appearance of areas such as the hands, scars, breasts.
Small volume fat grafting (i.e., face) can typically be done in the office under local anesthetic, although many people prefer to put to sleep under general anesthesia.
Downtime is generally minimal, and low to moderate activity level is recommended for 5 to 7 days post-operatively.
For more information on Face Fat Grafting, or to schedule a consultation, call Peak Rejuvenation at (970) 259-5990 or Request a Consultation.