Lipo For Facial Fat Grafting
A person’s own fat may be used to improve the appearance of the body by moving it from an area where it is less needed to an area that has lost tissue volume due to aging, trauma, surgery, birth defects, or other causes. The transferred fat provides an increase in volume of the body site being treated. Since some of the fat that is transferred does not maintain its volume over time, your surgeon may inject more than is needed at the time to achieve the desired end result. Over a few weeks, the amount of transferred fat will decrease. Occasionally, more fat may need to be transferred to obtain the desired goal.
Some people who otherwise are not overweight are distressed because of a double chin, fat deficient areas such as the eyelids or a very round face. These conditions are genetic, age related and are usually resistant to facial muscle exercises or weight loss. Several surgical procedures have been developed to reduce or increase fat deposits in key areas of the face.
For the very round face, Cheek Fat Reduction (buccal fat pad excision) can be accomplished by removing a smooth pad of fat about the size of an egg yolk from the wall of the cheek. This is done by making the incision inside of the mouth opposite the molar teeth on the inside wall of the cheek. The buccal fat pad is located and gently teased out. This procedure causes the cheek to sink in just a little in that area between the cheekbone arch and the lower jawbone. This thins the overly full or round appearing face in the cheek area.
Facial liposuction surgery involves the removal of specific areas of localized fat deposits and may be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial surgeries such as a chin implant or a facelift. Liposuction works well along the jawline (jowls) for mild to moderate fat deposits and beneath the chin (double chin). For larger deposits a facelift may be recommended or a very short incision under the chin may be needed to actually excise rather than suck out the fat. For fat deficient areas, harvested fat can be grafted into areas of the face where more fullness is desired such as the eyelids or temple or used to augment and accentuate the facial bone structure.
Men and women in good physical condition with reasonable skin elasticity are the best candidates for this surgery. When these procedures were first introduced, only younger people were considered to be good candidates; however, recent improvements in the techniques have made it possible to treat patients of all ages, with older patients more often needing the addition of fat to their faces. Each person seeking treatment, regardless of age, must be personally assessed by Dr. Gordon to determine if he or she is suitable for facial liposuction and or fat grafting.