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shutterstock_265017026“Fat is great” is a phrase that many people who are unfamiliar with fat grafting may scoff at. However, it’s true. While abdominal fat may be undesirable, not all fat is bad. As we age, we are more prone to losing fat and collagen in our faces. If this occurs, you are more likely to have wrinkles and hollows, which can age your appearance. Fat grafting is the ideal treatment to restore lost facial volume and fill wrinkles, sunken eyes, sunken cheeks, and depressed scars for a more youthful facial appearance.

What Is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting uses patient fat to restore lost volume in the face. Liposuction carefully removes excess stores of fat from problem areas such as the abdomen, hips, and thighs. The fat can then be purified to remove any blood and oils. The pure fat cells are finally injected into the face to provide smoother, more youthful skin and youthful  facial contour.

Benefits of Fat Grafting

  • Restores lost facial volume
  • Smoothes facial wrinkles and lines
  • Fills sunken eyes and cheeks
  • Uses 100 percent patient-harvested fat
  • Removes unwanted fat to provide a slimmer body contour
  • The fine needles used to inject the fat leave minimal scarring
  • Customized results
  • A more youthful appearance

Fat Grafting vs. Facial Fillers

Facial fillers achieve similar results to fat grafting but with some differences. Fillers are made of products that add volume in the tissues. Fat grafting, on the other hand, uses 100 percent patient-harvested fat. This means there is zero chance of your body rejecting the injected material.

Facial fillers can be used on more areas of the face than fat grafting. While fat grafting can fill hollows and wrinkles, facial fillers are more beneficial for patients who would like to increase the size of their lips.

Finally, fat grafting provides permanent enhancement, while fillers provide temporary results and require repeat treatments to maintain results.

When Fat Grafting Isn’t Right for You

Not every person is a good candidate for fat grafting. If you are very thin with no excess fat, you may not qualify for fat grafting; patients must have adequate stores of excess fat to be harvested. If you don’t qualify for fat grafting, Dr. Hiatt will discuss alternative options that can provide with the same rejuvenating results as fat grafting.

If you want to restore a youthful appearance to your face, schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt today. Contact our office at (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.