Fat grafting is a technique used to treat specific parts of the face where volume is lost during the aging process. The lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and hollowed areas under the eyes often benefit from filling that restores more youthful and natural contour. Longevity varies from patient to patient, but results can last for years.
Fat grafting is typically performed under a light anesthetic. Initially, an appropriate amount of fat is harvested from another part of your body. Because your own tissue is used for fat grafting, there is no need for allergy testing. The harvested fat is processed and purified. It can then be injected into the face through a fine needle, precisely enhancing volume in the desired area. Whether the patient desires more sensual lips, fuller cheeks, or improved skin texture, results are witnessed immediately. Fat injection can sometimes be combined with liposuction procedures, allowing for the utilization of removed fat cells that would otherwise be discarded.
You can typically resume normal daily activities immediately after fat injection treatment. You may experience some swelling and inflammation in the grafted areas that dissipates within a few days.
Fat injection performed by our facial plastic surgeons can produce durable, natural results that make patients look younger and more refreshed.
To schedule a consultation for fat grafting (fat injection) at our Kansas City practice, please contact Dr. J. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey today.