Facelift and fat injections

Facelift and fat injections

A facelift is a surgical procedure to repair sagging, drooping,
and wrinkled skin of the face and neck.
Fat grafting, or fat transfer, also referred to as fat
injections, describes the procedure of transferring fat from the
body.

Aging

The face ages in three different ways: surface aging of the skin,
sagging of the skin and deeper facial tissues, and atrophy or
loss of facial fat.
A facelift corrects only the loose or sagging component.
Fat injections or fat grafting (lipostructure) addresses the
fullness and volume of the the face which is seen in youthful
faces.
The combination therapy fat grafting and facelift
together provides a better and more natural result than
either technique performed by itself.

Procedure

Improves sagging facial skin and tissue, jowls and loose neck
skin and muscle. This is done by reposition and tightening
muscles and soft tissue and re-draping skin under minimal
tension.
The necessary fat is obtained by a limited liposculpture
through one or several 2-4 mm incisions. It is normally taken
from the flanks or upper thigh. The aspirated fat is processed
by a certain technique. Pure and living fatty cells are ready
for injection.
The fat is then injected precisly and with a meticulous
technique where needed.

Length

The operation lasts approximately four to five hours. When
combining other procedures i.e. eyelidsurgery and browlift with
facelift, the duration of the procedure could be six to eight
hours.

Anesthesia

Usually general anesthesia is used. Sometimes the patient may
elect to have sedation and local anesthesia.

Inpatient/Outpatient

Usually this is an inpatient procedure, although some patients
may have daysurgery without overnight hospital stay.

Possible Side Effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of the
skin, as well as a tight feeling and dry skin. For men, permanent
need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is
repositioned.

Risks

Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling
(which is usually temporary but in rare cases may be permanent),
infection, bleeding, poor healing, excessive scarring, asymmetry
and a change in the hairline.

Recovery

The patient may return to work after ttwo to four weeks. In
combined procedures the swelling could last longer up to four or
five weeks. More strenuous activity may be resumed after two
weeks or more. Bruising and swelling should begin to disappear
after seven to ten days. Sun exposure must be limited for several
months after surgery. The use of a sun block that provides both
UVA and UVB (Utraviolet) protection is recommended.

Results

Most simultaneus facelifts and fat injections can be expected to
maintain the result for the rest of the life. The end result can
be estimated about 6-12 month post operative.
There are no known procedures, which will stop the aging process.