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Facial fat grafting is an effective procedure that uses excess fatty tissue from your own body to provide youthful volume and plumpness to areas of the face. This two-in-one treatment gets rid of fat in stubborn areas and uses it to add volume where needed. Facial fat grafting in Austin creates a natural look, and achieves beautiful results.

What is facial fat grafting?

Fat grafting is also known as autologous fat transplantation, micro-lipoinjectionfat transfer, and fat rejuvenation. This procedure extracts fat from an area where there is too much of it and transfers it to another area where more volume is needed. In the case of facial fat grafting, fat cells are extracted from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or elsewhere, and are then re-injected beneath the facial skin. The fat can fill in sunken cheeks or lines between the nose and mouth, correct skin depressions, minimize forehead wrinkles, or enhance the lips. 

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What to expect during the procedure

During treatment, both the area where the fat is taken from and the area where it will be transferred to are numbed with local anesthesia. (Sedation can be used as well, but you will need a ride home if you choose it.) After the area has been cleansed and local anesthesia administered, the excess fat is withdrawn using a syringe with a large-bore needle, or a liposuction cannula. 

The fat is then prepared and injected into the recipient site with a needle. Sometimes an adhesive bandage is applied over the injection site. Slight overfilling may be necessary to allow for fat absorption. When fat is used to augment the cheeks, this over-correction may cause the face to appear abnormally full. If you have further questions about this, please bring it up during your consultation. 

After the fat grafting procedure

Because the fat is harvested from your own body, an allergic reaction is not a risk for fat grafting. However, there is still a small risk of infection and other infrequent complications. While some treatments require a recovery period, many patients resume normal activity right away after fat grafting.

You can expect some swelling, bruising, or redness in both the donor and recipient sites. The severity of these symptoms depends upon the size and location of the treated area. Please note that you will need to stay out of the sun until redness and bruising subsides (usually about 48 hours).

In the meantime, you may use makeup with sunblock protection. In some cases, swelling and puffiness in the recipient site lasts several weeks, especially if a large area was filled.

How long do the results last?

While some patients report results from their Austin facial fat grafting procedure lasting one year or more, the majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears within three to six months. Therefore, repeated injections may be necessary. During your consultation, your doctor will advise you on if multiple treatments will be necessary.

Why choose Austin Face & Body?

Austin Face & Body is an aesthetic plastic surgery practice that brings together some of the very best specialists from all over the country to Austin, Texas to provide the highest level of patient care. We are proud to have the top aesthetic surgeons and nurses under one roof. Our medical professionals stay on the cutting edge of innovation and research while also delivering comfort and luxury to each and every one of our patients. If you’re considering a fat grafting procedure in Austin, please schedule a consultation with us. Call 512-642-5050, or contact us online.

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