The replacement of lost facial volume is a vital component of a comprehensive plan to restore a youthful look to the face. Due to an erosion of facial fat which becomes more pronounced as we enter our 40s, the face becomes more lean and hollow in its structure, so that the cheeks, temples, and eye areas often become more sunken and hollow in appearance. As this fullness is lost, the skeletal structure of the face becomes more visible, and the skin begins to sag and wrinkle due to a loss of underlying structural support and diminished skin elasticity.
At our Virginia Beach plastic surgery center, doctors use fat grafting to restore the fullness and soft contours that characterize a younger face. The procedure achieves the following appearance goals:
- Restores volume to flattened cheeks and other sunken or thin areas of the face
- Greatly diminishes wrinkles and folds such as the nasolabial folds that stretch from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and the marionette lines that run downwards from the corners of the mouth
- Enhances the shape and fullness of the lips
In addition, fat grafting can be used to rejuvenate and improve the look of other areas of the body. Like the face, the hands reflect some of the most visible signs of aging due to sun exposure and a loss of fat. Fat grafting can be used to restore a youthful look to hands by diminishing the prominence of bones, tendons, and veins. In body contouring, our surgeons utilize fat grafts to improve the shape of the buttocks as well.
The Benefits of Fat Grafting
- May rejuvenate the skin’s tone and texture
- Produces a natural look
- Potentially long-lasting
- Minimal risk of allergic reaction because fat comes from a patient’s own body
In a fat grafting procedure, our doctors liposuction areas such as the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen. To enhance the survival rate of the fat grafts, surgeons carefully centrifuge the serum from the fat next to improve the contour and obtain a longer lasting result. The procedure typically can be completed in approximately one hour.
The recovery for a fat grafting period depends on the extent of liposuction that is performed. When facial fat grafting alone is the purpose, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, and it requires little down time. When fat grafting is combined with a more extensive liposuction procedure for body contouring, our doctors perform the surgery at the private SurgiCentre facility, and, the recovery time is approximately 5-7 days. Most bruising diminishes within 1-2 weeks, and concealing makeup can be worn during this time to further soften its appearance.
Please contact us directly to learn more about fat grafting and liposuction. Schedule a FREE consultation in one of our plastic surgery offices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or Newport News.