As you age, the face develops wrinkles and loses support in soft tissues, causing excess skin to shed. The loss of volume due to the absorption of facial fat is increasingly recognized as an important component of the aging process, which can be restored with any of the well-known dermal fillers or facial fat grafts.
Facial “fat grafting” can play a significant role in creating a more youthful facial appearance and a harmonious facial result. Fat transfer or fat grafting restores skin volume, reducing the depth and number of wrinkles on the face, and in turn, can make skin look more youthful.
To harvest fat during facial fat grafting, a specialized cannula (tiny hollow needle) is employed by the plastic surgeon. The size of the parcel of extracted fat cells is an important point in future viability when transferred to the new location. The suction used in the process is very gentle so fewer cells are damaged in the extraction process. It will be harvested from an area of the body with excess fatty deposits, such as thighs, buttocks, or love handles.
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