Along with wrinkles and fine lines, descent and loss of facial fat occurs as part of the natural aging process. Lips become thinner, cheeks can appear gaunt, and tissues begin to sag. Luckily, there are facial plastic surgery procedures, such as facial fat transfer in Nashville, that can improve age-related volume loss.
Facial fat transfer, also referred to as facial fat grafting, is a cosmetic surgical procedure. Our qualified plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan, will perform liposuction on an area of your choice, isolate the removed fat and then transfer it to some regions of your face. This procedure can be performed in combination to enhance the outcome of other surgeries like a face and neck lift, eyelid lift, or brow lift.
Reasons for Facial Fat Transfer
As we age, our body’s ability to produce collagen decreases. Collagen is a significant factor to maintaining youthful appearing skin. When collagen production is slowed, your skin loses its elasticity, contributing to wrinkles and sag. Replacing this loss with tissues of your own restores the volume and can give you a more youthful appearance.
Apart from age-related facial concerns, facial fat transfer can improve other facial issues for many patients in Nashville:
- Scars, burns
- Radiation dermatitis
- HIV-associated lipodystrophy
- Facial deformity
- Facial asymmetry
Depending on your objective, your Dr. MaDan could perform a facial fat transfer alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic operations.
Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer
While there are many treatment options to address cosmetic issues, the facial fat transfer procedure may be superior for several reasons, including:
Natural Looking Results
Unlike other surgical procedures to rejuvenate your face, facial fat transfer is natural because the tissue injected into the face comes from your body. This results in an effortless, natural look after recovery.
After the fat is transferred, hopefully 80% of the fat cells will survive. In some cases, overcorrection can account for some of the expected graft loss. The transferred fat then develops its own blood supply and is considered permanent. Weight stability is essential to maintaining your results. In comparison to fat transfer, dermal fillers have a 6 – 18-month duration before being broken down by the body.
Improvements to Other Areas
Apart from a more youthful-looking face, a facial fat transfer in Nashville allows improvement in other concern areas with excess fat, for example lower abdomen or love handles. . Dr. MaDan will determine whether you have enough fat to remove.
Minimal Recovery Time
After the procedure, your activities will be limited for the first two weeks. The area of liposuction for fat harvest is usually compressed with a garment for six weeks after surgery. After the two week down time, light exercise and return to normal activities is expected.
One of the biggest benefits of a facial fat transfer in Nashville is that you can combine it with other procedures, like a facelift, to enhance your results.
The Facial Fat Transfer Process
The first step of a facial fat transfer surgery in Nashville is meeting with your plastic surgeon. During your initial appointment, Dr. MaDan will explain the procedure, answer your questions and address any concerns, and review post-treatment care.
The actual transfer process starts with numbing the donor and recipient areas. Dr. MaDan will use either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. If they use general anesthesia, you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the treatment.
Dr. MaDan will perform liposuction on the area of your choice. The fat is collected and processed for transfer. The fat is handled gently to minimize trauma and optimize graft survival. Once the necessary components are removed (blood, oil), the fat is placed in syringes to allow for precise graft placement. Each access point is closed with a suture that is removed in follow-up.
After treatment, you should expect mild-to-moderate swelling and bruising at the donor and recipient sites. Drainage from the liposuction sites is normal and subsides within 48 hours. Compression of the donor area minimizes bleeding and provides support for the tissues as they heal. Pain is expected and decreases day by day after the surgery. Most patients require 2 – 5 days of pain medication.
Call Now to Schedule Your Facial Far Transfer in Nashville
Facial fat transfer is an effective cosmetic procedure that could restore your youthful appearance or treat facial conditions—such as scars, burns, and deformities. If you are interested in facial fat transfer in Nashville to enhance your appearance, you should consider Plastic Surgery Affiliates—a medical spa and plastic surgery practice in Nashville with years of experience assisting people in improving their appearance, regaining their youthfulness, and enhancing their self-esteem.
Dr. Olivia MaDan is a talented plastic surgeon who has spent her career enhancing her surgical techniques. Using state-of-the-art procedures, she helps people like you get the best possible care and attain realistic goals of looking younger and feeling more confident. Contact us to set up your initial appointment!