Facial aging is a complicated process involving changes to the skin, volume loss of the soft tissues of the face, relaxation of the fibrous/muscular tissues, descent of the soft tissues of the face, and volume loss in the facial bones. Sun exposure, genetics, stress, environmental factors, and weight loss can make these changes more apparent. The end result is the formation of rhytids (wrinkles) and laxity (looseness) in the skin, loss of cheek volume, and jowl formation. Facial fat grafting may be used to restore youthful facial volume.
Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg provides facial fat grafting for patients in Cary, Raleigh, the surrounding areas of North Carolina, and across the country. Call today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a better looking you.
How is Facial Fat Grafting Surgery Performed?
Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg will precisely mark the areas needing treatment. Fat grafting uses adipose (fat) tissue harvested from the patient’s abdomen, thighs, or flanks using liposuction performed through small incisions that heal with a scar that is nearly imperceptible. This adipose tissue is sterile processed and injected into areas of volume deficiency. Common sites of injection include the temples, brows, upper eyelids, cheeks, tear troughs, nasolabial grooves, marionette lines and prejowl areas along the jawline. It may be thought of as a “living” filler material with generally 40-60% of the fat transferred surviving. Once the transferred fat has “taken”, the results are permanent, however the volume of fat can fluctuate with weight loss or weight gain. Fat grafting can be used to add volume to many of the areas commonly treated with synthetic injectable fillers (insert link to filler page), but with longer-lasting results and using one’s own natural fat tissue.
Fat grafting is commonly performed in combination with other facial surgical procedures, including browlift (insert link), upper and/or lower blepharoplasty (eye lift), (insert link), facelift (insert link), neck lift (insert link), laser resurfacing (insert link), and chin implant placement (insert link).
Surgery is performed in our fully accredited surgery center under intravenous sedation, allowing us to offer the highest level of care in a safe, comfortable, and private setting.
Facial Fat Grafting Recovery
This is an outpatient procedure, and once surgery is complete patients are sent home to the care of their significant other, family member, or trusted friend. If external sutures are used, these will remain in place for one week. Patients can expect swelling and bruising around the sites of the surgery, which usually resolve after the first one to two weeks. Temporary numbness of the cheeks is common. This generally subsides over a period of a few weeks. Rest, cool compresses, and pain medication taken as needed are very helpful in the recovery period. Patients usually have minimal downtime of 1 – 2 weeks before returning to work.