Fat Grafting The Woodlands
Advanced facial fat grafting techniques can help reduce wrinkles, depressed scars and other defects in the contour of one’s skin. Performed by Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Gill, this procedure is a long-lasting, natural alternative to treatment with injectable dermal fillers.
If You’re Considering Facial Fat Grafting
While Dr. Gill offers exciting dermal filler and injectable treatments to smooth away lines and wrinkles on the face, you may actually be an ideal candidate for facial fat grafting, which utilizes your own tissues to combat visible aging signs.
This procedure, which was performed nearly 60,000 times in 2010 in the US alone, uses liposuction and then lipo-injection techniques to treat the following facial issues:
- Deep lines and wrinkles
- Laugh lines
- Thin lips
- Depressed scars
- Hollow areas of skin
- General facial contouring techniques
Individuals of many ages and skin types are ideal for this autologous fat transfer technique. You should be a healthy non-smoker and have an adequate amount of fat cells in the harvest site, which may include your midsection, thighs, flanks or buttocks, among other locations.
What to Expect in Surgery
The facial fat grafting procedure as performed by Dr. Gill uses advanced techniques, but can be performed in one to two hours while you are given a local anesthetic and sedation. Once Dr. Gill has chosen the appropriate harvest site, he will remove fat cells using minimally invasive liposuction. This involves removing the necessary amount of fat cells with a syringe or a small tube called a cannula.
After he has harvested the fat cells, they will be cleansed and purified for injection at the chosen site. When injecting the purified fat cells, Dr. Gill will carefully place them so as to achieve the desired aesthetic result. He may also carefully massage the area to ensure proper placement. Given that this process utilizes tissue from your own body, some of it may reabsorbed naturally by your body.
Recovering from Facial Fat Grafting
Following your fat grafting procedure in Houston, you should expect a recovery period of up to a few days. You may experience some swelling and discomfort at both the harvest and injection sites and you may be prescribed medication to manage pain. The duration of your results may vary; some patients see the benefits of facial fat grafting more than one year, while others see the results for three to six months after treatment.