What to Expect: Facelift with Fat Grafting

One of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. is the facelift. It helps patients achieve a more youthful appearance, reducing any signs of aging. Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is another popular cosmetic enhancement procedure. It can be very effective at restoring volume areas of your face and enhancing the results of a facelift. 

Fat transfer to the face is a procedure that has been rising over the years. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, this is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today. It is popular among people in their late 20s to early 60s. 

What is a Facelift?

A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a cosmetic procedure that creates a younger facial appearance. It can help reduce the folds or sagging skin on the jawline and cheeks. It can also improve other changes that occur on the face due to age. 

During the procedure, a cosmetic surgeon will pull back a flap of skin on each side of a patient’s face. The cosmetic surgeon then alters the tissue below the skin to restore a more youthful shape to the patient’s face. Before closing the flap, the surgeon removes excess skin. 

What is Fat Transfer?

During this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will remove fat from one part of your body and place it on your face. Other names for this cosmetic procedure include:

  • Fat injection

  • Autologous fat transfer/grafting

  • Facial fat rejuvenation

  • Microlipoinjection

  • Facial fat grafting

What to Expect

Some of the common areas where patients get a facelift with fat grafting include the temples, under the eyes, cheeks, lips, and the folds at the corners of the mouth. The addition of volume to these areas of the face while removing excess skin laxity can be a powerful combination. 

After the Procedure

While this is an outpatient procedure, you should understand that you will go through recovery time before you witness the results. Also, it is vital to understand that all types of surgical procedures come with certain risks. Thus, you should discuss this with your cosmetic surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

In the first week, you will probably experience swelling or bruising to the treatment areas. During the second week, the bruising should gradually settle and become less visible. You can expect to see some improvement between seven and ten days following your procedure. 

However, you might not be ready to appear in public quite yet. So, before you undergo the procedure, take enough time off work if possible. Three weeks after surgery, things should be fine. You can also apply makeup to camouflage any remaining signs of bruising or swelling.

How Long Will the Results Last?

The areas treated should appear fuller and softer, giving you a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. You may even have improved skin texture. The longevity of the results will depend on your surgeon’s technique and skill. That said, these cosmetic procedures are safe and should not leave any scars. When done correctly, the results are worthwhile.

For more on facelift procedures, visit Miami Aesthetic at our office in Miami, Florida. Call 786-574-3770 today to schedule an appointment.