Fat transfer to face – to add volume to areas that have become sunken and drawn with age.
Facial fat provides the softness and curves of youth to the face. As people age they lose fat from their face and start to appear gaunt. Fat transfer to face is a procedure whereby fat is transferred from one part of the body to the face to add volume, re-contour and restore volume to facial areas that have become drawn with age, to restore a more youthful appearance.
If you look at older people, their face can appear gaunt and drawn. This is due to thinning of the skin and atrophy of fat, muscle and bone from the face. In fact these changes begin early in the process of facial ageing. So while facial fat grafting is an essential component of facial rejuvenation, it is also a procedure which can benefit younger patients too.
Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure. Fat cells are removed by liposuction – usually the stomach, thighs or buttocks. These cells are then cleansed and processed, before being injected into the facial area. It is performed under local anaesthetic and is a quick procedure, with no need for an overnight stay. Results are long lasting, natural and immediate.
All fat transfer procedures are performed by Mr Olivier Amar as day surgery. Fat transfer surgery is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation. Having surgery under TIVA allows you to go home the same day to rest and recuperate in comfort. Mr Olivier Amar’s practice is happy to arrange the procedure at a hospital with an overnight stay facility if you wish or assist with a nurse to stay with you overnight, as well as helping you find local accommodation after your surgery if necessary.