Fat Grafting for Men
With aging, men lose volume in their faces, which can make them look hollow and older. One way to replace this volume is by liposuctioning a small amount of fat from one area of the body and then taking this fat and injecting into the hollow areas of the face. This is known as fat grafting or fat transfer. Fat injection sites can include the temples, brows, cheeks, jawline, facial wrinkles and chin. Fat grafting is frequently performed with other facial reshaping procedures like facelift and neck lift to enhance the overall result. While fat grafting is performed more often in the face, it is also performed in other areas of the body if needed.
Fat Grafting Procedure
Fat grafting is done by first performing a small amount of liposuction from whichever area of the body you choose. The fat is then purified and re-injected into the target area. This procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis. You are asked to followup the next day so your surgeon can check healing and make sure you don’t have any questions.
Fat Grafting Recovery
Fat injection patients may experience light swelling and bruising, and it should only last about a week. Some of the fat will be absorbed, however, so the final results of what amount of fat lives is not seen for several months after surgery. It is important to avoid direct pressure on areas of fat grafting because this does not improve the survivability of the fat.