Structural Fat Grafting Surgery in Oakland
Two youthful characteristics stand out when you look at children. The first is that their skin is dewy (not oily) and with a glow. You rarely see little ones with dry or matte skin. The second thing is that their cheeks are full with a rosy color. Of course we can rejuvenate the skin and bring back a healthy glow with a chemical peel, laser peel, or products like the Obagi® Skin Rejuvenation System, but for right now, we will focus on bringing volume back to the face for a younger-looking you.
Our faces are one of the most prominent parts of our body to show the unwanted signs of aging. One of these unwelcome changes is that our faces become thin over time. The result? As facial fat is lost, we develop wrinkles, our eyes appear sunken, the youthfulness in our cheeks deflate, and our skin begins to sag. These changes leave both men and women feeling less than confident in their appearance.
But there’s good news: These changes can be reversed. As we age gracefully, a simple procedure such as adding fat to the cheeks, temples, and other areas of the face to bring back the desired oval shape is half the battle won when it comes to facial rejuvenation.
Structural fat grafting uses fat from your own body to fill in deflated areas of the face that thin in our later years. After undergoing a structural fat grafting procedure by experienced Oakland plastic surgeons Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis, your face will have its volume restored, giving you a revived look and allowing you to feel good about your appearance again.
How does a structural fat grafting procedure work?
In structural fat grafting, a patient’s own body fat is relocated to fill in areas of the face where the unwanted signs of facial thinning occur. This amazing procedure can help wipe away wrinkles, restore fullness to hollow areas under the eyes, reduce saggy cheeks by giving them lift, and smooth over folds.
A structural fat grafting procedure normally takes one to two hours to perform, depending on the amount of grafting that needs to be done. It is usually performed under local anesthesia and is often done in combination with other rejuvenating procedures, such as a facelift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. This provides a more complete effect that leaves your face looking younger and more vibrant.
Unlike liposuction, the removal of fat during structural fat grafting is done gently using what’s called an aspiration technique. This helps ensure the fat cells are not damaged during removal. Those fat cell micro droplets will then be safely cleansed and inserted into the desired facial areas using a precise and delicate injection.
Who is an ideal candidate for structural fat grafting?
Patients who suffer the noted symptoms of facial atrophy (thinning) and aging, and who have areas of fat on their body suitable for the procedure, are ideal candidates. Prospective patients will undergo a thorough assessment with Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis to ensure the procedure is right for them.
What is the recovery process?
Patients should expect minor bruising and swelling at the extraction and injection sites at levels that vary with the amount of fat transferred. These symptoms will normally subside after two to three weeks. Work and normal activities can usually be resumed after one week. The improvements from the procedure can continue to take effect months after the procedure.
Other cosmetic surgery procedures that can enhance the results of your fat graft
As mentioned above, adding fat to the face is half the battle won when it comes to facial rejuvenation. The other half is lifting and tightening loose skin along the jawline and neck. This can be accomplished with a facelift. Fat grafting and facelift procedures go hand in hand, both equally contributing to a great result. Other procedures include the forehead lift and eyelid surgery.
Booking a consultation with your Oakland fat grafting expert
Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis have a thorough consultation with every patient at their Oakland plastic surgery practice to ensure they have realistic expectations about their fat grafting procedure and to tailor the procedure to the uniqueness of their needs
For more information about how structural fat grafting in the Oakland, California area works, or to book a consultation with one of Oakland’s best plastic surgeons, Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis, contact our office today!