These days, there are so many different ways to achieve a more youthful, attractive complexion. Cosmetic procedures have come a long way over the past decade, with more options available to patients now than ever before. One procedure which is fast gaining in popularity is fat grafting to the face.
Helping patients achieve a more natural look, fat grafting is a less invasive alternative to a facelift. So, what is fat grafting and could it be the best option for you?
Understanding the fat grafting procedure
Fat grafting to the face is used to plump up affected areas, using the body’s own fat cells. As you age, the skin loses its elasticity and volume. This creates an older, saggy look.
Fat is taken from a suitable donor site, before being centrifuged and refined. It is then inserted into the face via tiny injections. From there, the fat finds a blood supply in order to be sustained.
Typically, it is used to rejuvenate the cheeks or the mid-face areas. However, it can also be used to even out lines between the nose and the mouth and to add volume to the lips.
What are the risks?
As fat grafting to the face is a non-invasive procedure, it comes with much fewer risks than alternative treatments such as a facelift. As it uses your own fat cells, it’s unlikely the body will try to reject the cells, and it’s also much healthier than having anti-wrinkle injections or other chemicals inserted into the face.
However, while it is a much safer option, there are still risks you need to be aware of. These include:
- Undesirable results
- Fat calcification
- Puffy results due to excess fat injections
The main risk comes if you choose a surgeon with very little experience. While the procedure is easy enough to carry out, it’s not very easy to get right. Therefore, if you’re looking to achieve the best results with minimum risk, you’ll need to make sure you’re choosing a reliable and experienced surgeon.
Overall, fat grafting to the face leaves behind very natural looking results, provided you have it done by an experienced surgeon. As it is a non-invasive procedure, recovery time is quick; especially compared to a facelift. To find out if this is the best procedure to achieve your desired results, book a consultation today.