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How Long Does Facial Fat Transfer Last: Unveiling the Longevity of Rejuvenation

Lower part of face and neck of an elderly woman with signs of skin aging before after facelift, plastic surgery. Age-related changes, flabby sagging skin, wrinkles, creases, puffiness. Rejuvenation

In the quest for timeless beauty and youthful allure, cosmetic procedures have taken center stage. 

One such procedure gaining popularity is facial fat transfer, a natural way to enhance facial features and rejuvenate the skin. But amidst the buzz, a question lingers: how long does facial fat transfer last? Let's delve into the details and examine the factors affecting the answer.

Introduction to Fat Transfers to the Face

Facial fat transfers, also known as a fat graft or lipofilling, have emerged as a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses your body's natural fat to naturally restore lost volume and rejuvenate the face. This approach has gained popularity due to its natural-looking results and fewer risks than synthetic fillers.

Generally speaking, fat injection results are permanent once the final results develop. In the video above, Austin-based plastic surgeon Dr. Anire Okpaku details how all fat transfers, including to the face, involve an initial period where the body reabsorbs some material. Surgeons will, therefore, purposely overfill treated areas. After this window, the remaining fat establishes a blood supply, and results tend to be permanent. 

Understanding Facial Fat Transfer

During fat injection treatments, fat is harvested from areas with excess deposits, like the abdomen or thighs, through a gentle liposuction process. The harvested fat is then processed to extract viable fat cells. These fat cells are meticulously injected into targeted areas of the face that have lost volume, such as the cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds.

Immediate Results and Recovery

Following the procedure, you'll notice immediate results, although some initial swelling is expected. Recovery is generally swift, with minimal discomfort. Within a couple of days, you can return to work and resume most daily activities. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of weeks. 

Factors That Affect How Long Results Last

The longevity of facial fat transfer results depends on various factors:

Genetics and Aging

Genetics play a role in determining how your body reabsorbs transferred fat, both right away after treatment and over the following years. As you age, natural facial fat loss can still occur, but the enhancement provided by the transferred fat can help buffer against how quickly this happens.

Lifestyle and Habits

Healthy lifestyle choices can contribute to prolonged results. Avoiding smoking, maintaining a balanced diet, and protecting your skin from sun damage can extend the effects of the procedure.

The Skill of the Surgeon

The expertise of the surgeon matters significantly. A skilled surgeon will ensure proper fat cell preparation and precise injections, maximizing the longevity of results. Here at AirSculpt, all of our surgeons go through rigorous training and are selected for a combination of skill and surgical artistry. 

Typical Duration of Results

Facial fat transfer results will last for many years. Some individuals experience longer-lasting effects, while others may see a gradual decrease in volume.

Maintenance Tips for Prolonged Effects

To make the most of your facial fat transfer, consider these maintenance tips:

  • Follow post-procedure instructions closely.

  • Hydrate and moisturize your skin regularly.

  • Use sun protection to prevent UV damage.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle to support the longevity of results.

Comparing  Fat Injections with Other Facial Rejuvenation Techniques

Unlike temporary dermal fillers, facial fat transfer offers lasting results. While synthetic fillers need regular touch-ups, fat transfer provides a more sustainable solution.


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