As we age, we tend to lose volume and fullness in our face. The effect of time and gravity become more pronounced as we age, as the fat in our faces starts to sag.
From which areas is the fat harvested?
During facial fat transfer, fat is taken from a donor area such as the belly, thighs, hips, or lower back. This provides a dual benefit of enhancing sunken facial contours while slimming the donor region. Fat in the stomach and the "love handles" tends to be quite hearty, which offers the greatest longevity in terms of results.
How much fat will survive after a facial fat grafting procedure?
It's hard to give an exact amount, as the quality of fat will differ from client to client, as will other variables such as your age and overall health at the time of treatment. In general, about 70-80% of the fat transferred will survive.
How long will my results last?
The surviving fat that is transferred will last permanently, as most of the fat cells will integrate with the body's cell structure and provide long lasting cosmetic benefits.
Can a fat transfer treatment be reversed?
This will depend on the location where the fat was placed. There are some areas where it may be possible to remove it using a cannula, but the doctor will have to make the final decision as to whether this is possible. This is an excellent question to pose during your initial consultation with Dr. Lee if it's something you are concerned about.