If you’re looking to increase volume in your face, facial fat grafting could be the ideal procedure for you. As we age, the skin’s collagen and elastin levels begin to break down, which can cause facial sagging. Additionally, the face begins to lose precious fat around the cheeks and eyes, which can make cheeks and undereyes look hollow.
Many clients may focus on getting skin injectables to smooth away wrinkles and fine lines; however, if you want to look naturally youthful, it’s important to add volume to the face. That’s where facial fat grafting comes into play. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon removes fat from a targeted area – usually the stomach, thighs, or hips – and transfers the fat to sunken, hollow areas of the face.
Facial fat grafting can be a great solution for clients who may think they need a facelift or in combination with a facelift. When fat is added to the face, the extra volume can lift the contours of your face, soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and even lift the skin. Facial fat grafting is typically performing under local anesthesia, depending on the patient’s desires.
Recovery is surprisingly quick, which makes this a great option for patients who may not have the time to devote to a lengthy recovery. Patients can expect to see some swelling and bruising over the course of a week or two. Any discomfort can usually be managed with pain medications. Patients can usually return to work whenever they feel comfortable to do so.
If you’re interested in undergoing facial fat grafting, or what to learn about other volume-enhancing treatments are available, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Liu or Dr. Eric Ahn at Awaken Aesthetics in Torrance, CA today.