Aging skin often appears saggy, delicate, and wrinkled. When you’re young, fat and collagen work together to give your facial skin volume and elasticity. As you age, fat vanishes and collagen production slows. The result is thinner, sagging skin and wrinkles.
Losing facial fat might be a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with skin that looks dull and lifeless. Fat transfers take fat from another area of your body — like your hips or belly — and transfer it to your face.
Facial fat transfers give your face the volume that it’s lost over time. Filling in sunken cheeks, under-eye bags, and wrinkles, fat transfers can plump your skin and bring that youthful glow back. Cecil Yeung, MD, FACS, and his team at the Yeung Institute regularly recommend fat transfer procedures to patients who want to look and feel their best.
Fat transfers are safe and effective
Facial fat transfers plump skin, reducing the look of hollowed or sagging facial skin. At the Yeung Institute, we take a small amount of fat from your body and processes it for reinjection into your face. Typically, we collect fat from your buttocks, hips, or belly. Using your own fat reduces the risk of your body rejecting the dermal filler, and the incidence of side effects is very low.
Fat transfers are considered a gentle cosmetic procedure. They are typically a good option for people with sensitivities or allergies to other popular dermal fillers.
The fat moved to your face fills out the lines and wrinkles that you’ve developed over time. Skin that has started to sag due to lost volume can make you look older. Fat transfers fill in the saggy spots, giving you smoother skin and diminished lines and wrinkles.
Facial fat transfer procedures are minimally invasive and you won’t have any incisions on your face after the procedure. During recovery, you should avoid any stressful activities. After about two weeks, your face redevelops blood supply to the transferred fat and the increased volume is established.
Facial fat transfers give you long-lasting results
Facial fat transfers are popular because they deliver real results and give patients the younger, more voluminous look they desire. We give you a customized treatment plan and make recommendations for the fat injections. Fat transfers can return volume to your face, addressing the look of:
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Under-eye hollows
- Cheek hollows
In addition to dramatically filling in sunken areas of your face, fat transfers are long-lasting. While some dermal fillers used to fight signs of aging last only a few months, fat cells can continue living indefinitely. After a fat transfer procedure, about 50% of the fat establishes itself in the new location. The more fat that’s moved during your procedure, the more significant your results will be. The reestablished fat can live forever.
Fat transfer procedures are popular and give patients a more youthful appearance by plumping facial skin around the eyes and mouth. By using fat from your body, the risk of complications due to synthetic injectables is reduced and the results you achieve will last long-term.
To learn more about facial fat transfers and find out if the procedure is a good option for you, call our office or request a consultation online today.