Fat grafting, or lipofilling, is gaining fast in popularity with its perks of being an effective rejuvenation tool, as well as being a minimally-invasive procedure. Restoring lost volume to the face gives an instant age-reversal and lifting effect. The stem cells and growth factors within fat grafts also rejuvenates the facial skin. If you are considering a facial fat grafting procedure, here are some tips on what to expect from the treatment.
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- This is a day surgery can be done under light sedation. It usually takes under 2 hours and hospitalisation is not be required.
- Fat is removed from an area of your preferences, commonly the tummy or thighs, but slimming is not expected as only a small amount of fat is required for facial fat grafting. You can, of course, request for your plastic surgeon to perform more liposuction of the area, if you want a slimming effect.
- As some of the fat transferred to your face will resorb (absorbed by your body), the plastic surgeon will usually inject a little more than is required.
- Expect swelling and bruising for the first week on the face, and on the area the fat was harvested from. Make-up can be used to conceal bruises.
- You will be prescribed anti-swelling medication, painkillers and antibiotics. The pain is often not described as intense or sharp but more often an ache.
- The final result of the fat transfer is seen at around 3 months.
- Unlike fillers, facial fat transfer can last for several years and in some cases permanent.
- Beware of significant weight changes after the procedure, as the transfered fat may reduce if you lose weight and expand if you gain weight.
- The expected cost of facial fat grafting depends on where and how much is injected, and if other procedures, such as nanofat grafting, are performed together and starts from S$3000.