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What Areas of the Face Can Be Improved with Fat Grafting?

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When it comes to rejuvenating our facial features, many people are turning to a procedure called facial fat grafting. This method aims to help restore a more youthful appearance by using one's fat to plump up areas of the face that have lost volume over time. Although it's minimally invasive in nature, fat grafting is a surgical procedure. With the advancements in medical techniques, this procedure has become more refined and accessible. Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Tampa, FL, shows how one can artfully inject fat into different facial areas for beautiful, lasting results.

How does facial fat grafting work?

Facial fat grafting begins with liposuction to harvest unwanted fat from another area of the patient's body. Once this fat is purified, it can be reintroduced into the facial area. Using specialized techniques, Dr. Mang then conducts fat injections in specific regions of the face to achieve the desired outcome. The goal is to add volume and restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Rejuvenating the face one area at a time

Understanding the areas of the face that can be improved with fat grafting can help you visualize the transformation. These treatments can breathe new life into facial features that have become recessed or hollowed with age.

  • Cheeks: Fat grafting can increase volume in the cheeks, giving a fuller, more youthful appearance.
  • Under the eyes: It can help to reduce hollows or "dark circles" under the eyes, making one look more rested.
  • Temples: Aging often leads to temple hollowing. Fat injections can restore this area, providing a smoother transition between the forehead and cheeks.
  • Lips: Fat grafting offers a natural alternative for those seeking plumper lips without synthetic fillers.
  • Nasolabial folds: The lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth can be softened with increased volume from fat grafting.

Redefining the jawline

Facial fat grafting can be a game-changer for the jawline in several impactful ways. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and the contours of our face, including the jawline, can become less defined. Here's what facial fat grafting can achieve for the jawline:

  • Restoring definition: Fat grafting can enhance the jawline, making it appear more chiseled and refined. By strategically placing fat in certain areas, it can create sharper angles and improve the face profile.
  • Correcting asymmetry: If one side of the jawline is less defined, fat can be injected to even out any imbalances, leading to a more symmetrical appearance.
  • Combating sagging: The sagging or drooping skin around the jawline, often called "jowls," can be mitigated by adding volume through fat grafting, lifting the area, reducing the sagging appearance, and rejuvenating the lower face.
  • Softening the appearance: In instances where the jawline is overly pronounced or too sharp, fat grafting can be used to soften its appearance, leading to a more balanced and harmonious facial structure.
  • Natural results: Since the fat is harvested from the patient's own body, it offers a natural look and feel, unlike some synthetic fillers. This ensures that the enhancement to the jawline appears seamless and organic.
  • Longevity: While some fillers may require frequent touch-ups, the results of facial fat grafting can last several years, making it a longer-term solution for jawline enhancement.

In the hands of an experienced and skilled surgeon, facial fat grafting can be tailored to address individual concerns and achieve the desired jawline aesthetics. It provides a versatile solution to both age-related concerns and aesthetic preferences related to jawline structure.

Long-lasting results

For most patients, the results of facial fat grafting can last several years. However, it's important to note that only some of the transferred fat will "take." Some of it gets absorbed back into the body. About 50 – 70% of the fat will typically remain after a year. Although longevity varies from person to person, many enjoy long-lasting benefits without frequent follow-up treatments.

Reaping the benefits of fat grafting

Facial fat grafting is more than just a cosmetic procedure; it's a way to regain confidence and achieve a revitalized appearance. The results from various rejuvenations from fat grafting can breathe new life into a face that shows signs of age or environmental wear. The natural, more youthful look that one can achieve with this treatment is one of the reasons it's so popular.

Discover your best self

Everyone's face is unique, so personalization is critical to achieving desired outcomes. Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Tampa, FL, meticulously tailors and designs surgical plans to help surpass your cosmetic goals. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to natural- and youthful-looking results, you're in experienced hands. Contact us to take the next step in your rejuvenation journey, and you can unveil the best version of yourself with fat grafting.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.