A common aesthetic complaint that a lot of aging adults have is that their face isn’t as tight or plump as it used to be, often resulting in a lot of loose or sagging skin. Many people turn to anti-aging surgical procedures to look younger. One of these common anti-aging surgical procedures is a fat transfer, which is used as a way of filling in fine lines and wrinkles and plumping up loose areas of skin on the face as a means to look younger. Fat transfers are popularly used to treat crow’s feet, thinning lips, and hollowed cheeks. The appealing thing about doing a fat transfer to look younger is the fact that the fat is harvested from one area of your own body and transplanted to another area of your body.
The Fat Transfer Process
After an anesthesia is given, the doctor will extract fat from your own body, usually your abdomen or hips, using a thin tube called a cannula. Once the fat has been removed, it is harvested by separating the fat from blood and fatty oils. The fat has to be completely separated in order to increase the likelihood of it taking properly to the area that is being treated. Once the fat is properly prepared, it is injected into a small syringe, which makes it easier to use on the desired area. The surgeon may pass the needle in and out of the area a few times to create a “grid” with the threads of fat graft. He/she may then massage the area to get the right contour. The entire fat transfer process takes about 90 minutes to complete.
What Does a Fat Transfer Achieve?
A fat transfer fills in areas of your face that aren’t as plump as they used to be, bringing new vitality and making you look younger. It can also be used to correct certain types of scarring, such as from acne. A fat transfer can enhance facial features while also minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. All of these things can do wonders for making you look younger. More than one fat transfer session is usually necessary, as the majority of the fat can dissipate or because the desired amount of fullness is not achieved right away. The results of a fat transfer can last anywhere from three months to a year, depending on the person.
Fat Transfer Risks
Any time the skin is punctured, there is a risk of infection, so be sure to take extra care in keeping all entry points clean if you’re getting a fat transfer to look younger. Clumping may also occur if too much fat has been injected. When this happens, new blood vessels are unable to support the grafted fat and the fat dies, resulting in a clumpy appearance. Scarring of the donor site might also occur. Non-smoking patients who are in good health tend to see fewer risks and often recover much quicker.
If you’ve just had a fat transfer done to look younger, you will likely see some swelling and bruising after the anti-aging surgical procedure, which is normal, and any pain can be handled with medication. You may also experience some itching and discomfort, but you should be ready to resume your normal daily routine within seven to 10 days. You will have follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor how your fat transfer is taking to the new location, as well as to make sure that the donor site is free of infection and is healing properly. At this point, you can discuss with your surgeon about whether or not you would like additional fat transfer procedures done.
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