The shrinkage of facial muscles and loss of volume is one of the primary manifestations of the aging process. Aging, combined with diet and exercise, can cause many people to develop a thinner face. In some cases a severe “skeletonization” affect may occur. For these patients a lifting procedure may not be enough. Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection, plumps up facial features with a patient's own fat, and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments.
Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural non-allergenic procedure, designed to recontour your face, and it can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformitites. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it is from your own body.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is harvested, and the treatment site are anesthesized with a local anesthetic. A small amount of fat is liposuctioned from a donor site where the fat is most tightly packed, such as the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Once removed, the fat is processed to remove excess fluids, and then reinjected using another needle. The fat is placed under the skin or within the facial muscle (FAMI) method.