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Face Lift via Fat Transfer

As we age, our body goes through a lot of changes. Thinning of the dermis, which is the thick, sensitive layer of skin or connective tissue lying just beneath the epidermis, is one such change. As it thins, or weakens, the collagen in the face break down, resulting in wrinkles, visible lines, and the loss of subcutaneous fat; thus giving the face a hollow, haggard, or even skeletal look. Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection is a medical procedure, in which the plastic surgeon injects areas of the face with less subcutaneous fat with the patient’s own fat tissue to impart fullness to the face.

This type of plastic surgery is normally used to rejuvenate cheeks, lips, your chin, and the areas under your eyes. It can also be used to reduce the lines around the mouth or for lip augmentation. The whole procedure is minimally invasive and medically safe.

The fat used for the face lift is procured from the patient’s own body, with the inner thighs, knees and the lower stomach serving as the best donor areas. This fat is withdrawn using a liposuction cannula or through a syringe with a large-bore needle. Using micro-injection technique, the harvested fat is carefully injected into the desired portions. The fat is placed in multiple layers in the subcutaneous region, in extremely small packets. Before withdrawing the fat, local anesthesia is administered on the donor area so do not worry about undue discomfort.

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