Loss of facial volume can give the face a very aged appearance, and it also changes the overall shape of the face. Men and women who notice this negative look are concerned about how to restore facial volume loss, and still look natural. There are now several options being used to augment volume and combat facial aging, but fat grafting is one of the most popular.
The face loses volume as you age, especially around the eyes, cheeks, and chin. In particular, the cheeks become flatter, the jowls sag, and the jawline no longer has the lean well-defined look of youth (learn more). However, it is possible to restore that youthful fullness with fat grafting or fat transfer.
How Facial Fat Grafting Works
Fat grafting is one of the most effective options to restore lost facial volume, and it is also the most natural, since it uses your own tissue to do the job. The procedure is office based, and involves the harvesting of fat via liposuction, from a donor area of the body that has excess fat deposits. This is usually includes the thighs, abdomen, and hips. After removal the fat is carefully prepared and then injected into the targeted areas of the face.
What to Expect
Patients can expect some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but the recovery period varies. Most patients who undergo the procedure are happy with the results. They notice a significant improvement in the firmness and smoothness of the skin, making them look younger and refreshed. In addition, the results are long lasting.