- To enhance their appearance and facial fullness
- To better match their outward appearance with how they feel physically
- To restore original facial features and make them appear more rested
- To smooth deep smile lines and to add a youthful fullness to the cheek area
Am I an ideal candidate for fat grafting?
Many patients use popular cosmetic fillers to add fullness to specific areas of the face, but this does not produce a global youthful appearance. Facial fat grafting procedures, which utilize the patient’s own fat stores, are an effective way to contour the entire face and not just specific areas. Fat grafting in Portland can also be used to correct depressed scars, acne scars, hollow areas of skin, laugh lines, and facial creases. It is possible that a few sessions of fat grafting may be necessary to fulfill your goals.
Ideal recipients of fat grafting should be in good health and be able to weigh the benefits and risks associated with undergoing a surgical procedure. Fat grafting will not take well in smokers.
What will the fat grafting procedure be like?
The fat grafting procedure in Portland, OR is done on an outpatient basis and is usually performed under a local anesthetic. In the first stage of the fat grafting process, the surgeon will harvest fat cells from the patient’s abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or another location using liposuction. The liposuctioned fat is then prepared for the lipoinjection process. The prepared micro fat is injected into the desired site, and the small injection sites may be closed.
What should I expect during my recovery following fat grafting?
After the fat grafting procedure is completed, the patient may see some swelling, bruising or redness of both the donor and recipient sites, which will start to improve within a few days. The discomfort may be managed with medication. Dr. Burgess will encourage you to walk around after surgery. It is imperative to avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least two weeks. Traveling long distances is not recommended in the first two weeks following surgery. Ensure that you attend all scheduled exams following surgery. Scars from the procedure will be noticeable at first, but will improve over the next year. Results of the procedure are not permanent as gravity and aging continue to play a role. After the treatment, the body may absorb some of the injected fat, but it is not possible to predict how much. Therefore, it is possible that you may need more than one treatment.
Contact Dr. Burgess’ Portland-area office to learn more about fat grafting options to restore fullness to specific areas of the face.