Loss of facial volume, and lines, wrinkles and creases on the face can make you look older than you are. In fact, these issues may occur due to natural aging. There are many cosmetic options to restore facial appearance such as invasive and non-invasive facelifts, dermal fillers, injections, and fat grafting. Of these, the natural fat transfer is considered ideal as it involves using your own fat to improve the appearance of the face.
Fat can be transferred to improve various areas of your face such as the lips, cheeks, under eye, jaw line, temples, or brow bone. Fat grafting has the flexibility to rejuvenate the skin from inside out. In facial fat transfer, there is also the option to add PRP or platelet rich plasma to the fat in order to enhance texture, color, and glow to the skin.
Fat transfer can improve different types of faces. The plastic surgeon performs the procedure after identifying the spots where fat needs to be injected to make the face more attractive. Here are some types of faces:
- For an aging face, the treatment may involve improving lost volume in multiple areas such as the cheeks, lips, temples, under eyes, and the mid face.
- A person with a gaunt face might have lost facial fat due to sickness, stress, weight loss, or may be very low body fat. Fat may have to be replaced in the mid face and cheek area.
- A long face may be hereditary and is characterized by narrowing in the temples.
- A bottom heavy face has a heavy, full jaw line and full cheeks, jowls along the jaw line, and gets narrower around the mid face and temples.
- A chubby, round face is one with full cheeks. Removing the buccal fat pads can thin out the face and make it less round.
- An asymmetrical face could be due to a genetic medical issue or facial trauma. Fat grafting can improve symmetry.
Compared to injectables, fat grafting procedure is a permanent solution. Also, it could be a more favorable option than implants as there are less risks of rejection, infection or displacement. Fat transfer can soften facial features and resolve hard angles on the face which can occur as a result of aging.