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HOW LONG WILL MY FACIAL FAT TRANSPLANT LAST?

According to many surgeons, cosmetic procedures have improved more in the past two decades than in the previous fifty years. Procedures of all types have become much less invasive through advances in both technology and technique, and this trend shows no signs of slowing. This is particularly true of facial rejuvenation procedures like facial fat transplant. Injectable facial fillers such as Juvaderm and Restylane revolutionized branch of cosmetic surgery. These fillers soon proved they could provide an “injectable facelift” capable of producing much the same results as more invasive fillers, with almost no risk to the patient. The rest is history, and these products are a now found in doctors’ offices and well equipped medi-spas across the country.

One of the most complex signs of aging is loss of facial fat. This can lead facial hollows and a gaunt, tired look, and dermal fillers offered a simple yet highly effective solution. The only real downside was that they weren’t permanent.

Here’s where facial fat transfer, or facial fat transplant, comes into play. It was long believed that a patient’s own fat would make the best filler material, and indeed it did in some patients, some of the time. Results were inconsistent, largely due to fat fat cells are fragile and gathering enough living, healthy cells to make the procedure reliable was a hit or miss proposition. Today minimally invasive, extremely gentle liposuction techniques have solved this problem, and fat transfer to the face is becoming increasingly popular among patients who want natural results but don’t want to pay for dermal filler treatments up to 3 times a year.

Facial fat grafting procedures are meant to be a long terms solution, and the results are on par (or better) with those achieved using dermal fillers. Yet the question remains: are the results really permanent? The short answer is yes.

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