Fat transfer to the face is a popular procedure for people in Los Angeles to rejuvenate the face. Aging is a normal and natural process. As we age, we lose collagen and some of the other facial structures, such as elastin fibers. They become less elastic. This loss of structure allows wrinkles and creases to form in the face. The formation of wrinkles and creases can be hastened by certain activities such as smiling, smoking, and squinting. Any repetitive activity can cause wrinkles to form.
Fat transfers to the face in Los Angeles can help to fill the wrinkles in and smooth out the facial contours. This allows for a more youthful look, without the risk of allergic reaction that can occur when injectable collagen is used. Some patients are allergic to injectable collagen immediately, and others develop an allergy to the product over time. This is always a risk when any non-inert substance is placed in the body. The beauty of fat transfers to the face is the fat used is the patient’s own fat. This eliminates the danger of an allergic reaction. Be sure and discuss with your physician which procedure is best for you. There is a skin test that can be done to check for immediate allergic reaction to collagen.
The fat will be harvested by liposuction from your thighs. The fat can then be injected into the areas of the face that need filling. Actually, there are several different areas of the body that can benefit from fat transfer procedures. The hands are also a telltale signpost of a person’s age. Fat transfer can be done to the hands to make them look younger too.
Fat transfer to the face will last the longest in areas that have the least movement. So “sunken in areas” of the cheeks and temples are perfect spots for facial fat transfer procedures that will show lasting benefit. Typically, about 60% of the injected fat will be reabsorbed by the body in the first year or so. The rest of the transferred fat should remain in place for some years to come. To combat this problem of the transferred fat being reabsorbed, patients will usually undergo three to five procedures in the first year. This seems to give the longest lasting results.
After the fat transfer to the face has been completed, you may notice some facial swelling and bruising. This is normal and the swelling should start to subside in about two days. The bruising may take a bit longer, but should be easily covered with make-up. There may be a little discomfort from the procedure but will be easily managed with over the counter medications or a prescription from your physician.
Fat transfers to the face in Los Angeles will remain popular, because they can be a cost effective way to combat the signs of aging, although they may need to be combined with other procedures. This is an outpatient procedure that is done under a local anesthetic so it is convenient with little down time. So, if you live the Los Angeles, California area, you might want to look into a fat transfer to the face procedure to help with your wrinkles, and signs of aging.