Fat Grafting for Facial Rejuvenation

Fat injection to the face, medically known as adipose tissue transfer, is popularly known as the fat filling process; It is a surgical application performed to eliminate the volume loss of the face. During the aging process, our face loses volume. The fat-filling process in Ankara is applied to slow down volume loss, maintain facial volume, and increase volume in some special cases. In the face fat-filling process, the adipose tissue used as a filler is obtained from the person’s own body. Fat injection to the face can be applied to almost any part of the face. The filling can be done with our own fat to fill mid-forehead collapse, eyebrow volume loss, temple area collapses, under-eye volume deficiencies, chin area volume deficiencies, cheek volume deficiencies, and nasal ridge irregularities.

Facial Fat Grafting

Fat filling on the face can be applied from the age of 30 in the aging process. The face should be observed as it ages and areas where the volume is critically reduced should be reinforced in the process. For example, starting at the age of 30 and having a session every 2-3 years, the application can be made to the areas where the need is intense in each session. We can call this strategy adipose tissue maintenance therapy.

If the person is already in the advanced stages of aging, the volume required for fat injection to the face will be high. In this case, high-volume fat tissue transfer can be applied to the entire face in a single session, usually as a part of facial rejuvenation surgeries.
Suitable candidates for this procedure should first of all be individuals who are patient and have realistic expectations because the swelling that occurs after the procedure is not for everyone.

Facial Fat Injections

  • Fat injection to the face can be applied as small maintenance sessions or as large replacement sessions. Mini sessions limited to a single area of the face can be performed under local anesthesia in outpatient clinic conditions. When applied to larger areas and in larger amounts, it should be applied in operating room conditions and general anesthesia should be used if necessary.
  • In fat injection, fats are taken from the parts of the body with excess fat. Under the navel and the inner part of the knee are the areas that are used frequently and are compatible with the face. After the place where the oil will be taken is anesthetized, the oil is taken with special injectors and needles, and it is passed through processes such as centrifugation, filtering, and transfer. It is then applied to the tissue with special cannulas (non-sharp needles). In application, the cannula moves through the tissue and distributes the fat. It is almost knitted into the fat tissue. Movement of the cannula in the tissue may cause intense edema formation. Sometimes the edema of the procedure can lead to a swelling beyond even the volume of fat given. The process is seamless as it is made through needle holes. A small dressing is applied to the place where the fat was taken. Antibiotic creams are applied to the face and the procedure is terminated.

The permanence of the application of oil injection to the face causes confusion. Fat filling on the face is both permanent and non-permanent. Namely; In each session of the application, 10-40% of the transferred oil lives, and the rest dies. The process is ultimately a cell transfer and cells can be damaged and die while being taken from the body, transported, filtered, and injected. Some of the survivors of the transfer process will die if they cannot find a capillary to connect in their new home. So roughly 2 units out of 10 units of adipose tissue will survive and these 2 survivors will live and age with you like your other tissues.

After the oil filling on the face, a very noticeable swelling will occur in the application area. Bruising may also occur. While it is possible to return to social life in 5-7 days in small and single-area applications, this process may take up to 3 weeks in all facial applications. Swelling will peak in the 48th hour after the application. In the meantime, patients are afraid that my face will stay like this. At this stage, more than half of the swelling is edema and will go away completely. It is the adipose tissue that will dissolve about 30%. The remaining 20% will be permanent. It may take up to 6 weeks to reach the final volume. During this period, the process can be very distressing for patients who cannot control their anxiety or wait for the swelling to go down. We recommend that you prepare yourself for this process before the operation.

There are various techniques that can be used targeted in the transfer of adipose tissue to the face. You can get information from our doctors about which technique will be used for you and for what purpose.
Methods: Structural Fat Graft (Coleman Technique), Micro Fat Graft (Micro fat), Nano Fat Graft (Nano fat), Multiplanar Fat Tissue Transfer to the Face.

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