Fat Grafting

How Fat Grafting Can Restore a Youthful Appearance

With aging, the youthful, plump appearance in the hands and face may start to diminish. As individuals continue to age, the loss of volume becomes more pronounced. However, there are ways an individual can rejuvenate his or her appearance with a procedure known as fat grafting or a fat transfer. If an individual opts to undergo a fat transfer, fat will be collected from specific areas of the patient’s body, which could be taken from the hips, buttocks, or abdomen. After it is purified, which will make certain the donor fat survives in the troubled area, the fat is then carefully injected into the areas of the hands and face that need to be treated. 

What is a Facial Fat Transfer?

When an individual ages, fat in facial areas will diminish, which will give the face a sunken appearance. Furthermore, skin will start to droop because of depressions that develop in the center of the face and chin. 

If an individual wants to restore lost volume in his or her face, then a facial fat transfer is an ideal option. The fat that is collected from the donor areas will be purified and injected into depressions that have developed in the face, which will effectively restore facial volume. 

What is a Hands Fat Transfer?

Just as an individual experiences volume loss in the face, fat loss in the hands also occurs with aging. Not only will fat loss in the hands make an individual look older, it can also increase the risk for injury. If there is not enough fat between the skin and veins in the hand, then it can cause bruising because there is not a layer of fat to act as a buffer. Hand fat transfers will restore volume to the hands, which will decrease the appearance of bones, veins, and tendons. Hand rejuvenation will also increase skin durability. 

In most cases, there will not be a need for sutures during a fat transfer. There are patients who want to have additional fat removed from the donor areas. In these circumstances, a traditional liposuction procedure may be suitable after the donor fat is removed. 

What are the Best Areas for Fat Grafting?

The Face
When an individual has a facial fat grafting procedure, troubled areas on the face, such as crow’s feet, marionette lines, and hollowed cheeks, will be treated appropriately. A facial fat transfer can be a suitable alternative for dermal facial fillers and implants. It produces more permanent results than dermal fillers, which usually only last a few months to a year. There are many individuals who prefer facial fat transfers in the chin area over dermal fillers because it is more natural than chin implants, which could cause patients to have an allergic reaction. 

The Hands
When fat is transferred to the hands, a plastic surgeon will carefully inject the fat into the upper surface of the hands, which will provide volume and a youthful appearance. There are many individuals who opt to have a hand and face fat transfer combined. 

Those who want to look younger can benefit from facial or hand fat transfers. If you want to learn more about cosmetic procedures to restore a youthful appearance, then contact us today. We can answer any questions you may have about a fat transfer procedure.