One of the key effects of ageing is that the face suffers from a loss volume

According to a Monash University study published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, Australian women have an international reputation for having the fastest facial ageing when compared to women living in Canada, the UK and the US. Facial ageing can be attributed to a myriad of factors including the effects of gravity over time, skeletal structural changes, soft tissue atrophy and general skin ageing. One of the key effects of ageing is that the face suffers from a loss volume. This can start to occur even in the late 20s. As well as ageing, sudden signs of facial volume loss can also be trigged by stressful life events such as redundancy, divorce, bereavement and illness. Significant weight loss or weight gain can affect the ligaments that support the soft tissue of the face which can cause the face to drop resulting in sunken cheeks, heavy jowls, premature lines and wrinkles.

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OUR APPROACH TO Fat Transfer to the Face

By strategically replacing facial volume with fat grafting, it is possible to regain youthfulness and a more healthy appearance. Our surgeons are leaders in the field of fat transfer procedures for the face, lips, breasts and buttocks. Impeccable aesthetic judgement ensures that patients receive a natural and satisfying result.

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Common areas of facial volume loss
  • Tear troughs (hollow area under the eyes)
  • Mid-face volume loss (apples of cheeks)
  • Nasolabial folds (the lines between the nose and sides of the upper lip)
  • Jowls (sagging of the jawline area)
  • Lips and perioral lines (smoker’s lines)

What is autologous fat transfer?

Autologous fat transfer involves taking some fat (usually from the abdomen, thighs or hips) and, after preparation, strategically injecting it into areas of facial volume loss. The fat is harvested by liposuction. This fat is then massaged and moulded so that a smooth and even result is achieved.

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The fat survives permanently on the face and most patients are highly satisfied with the results obtained. The fat is injected into multiple tunnels to give the cells maximum chance of survival.

There is no scarring produced on the face as the fat is transferred by a small cannula or syringe. On the donor area (such as the thighs or abdomen), a small scar (usually less than 1 cm) is all that is required to facilitate harvesting the fat.

Facial fat transfer has the added benefit that millions of stem cells are transferred together with the fat cells. Stem cells are regenerative cells that are found in abundance within fat. They can help to regenerate and rejuvenate the face and lead to improvements in skin quality and appearance.

Dermal fillers have the advantage of being a quick procedure that has no real down time and does not require surgery. Dermal fillers last 6-12 months and can cost approximately $550-$750 per 1cc. More volume can be achieved with fat transfer, so it is ideal for patients with a more serious problem with facial volume loss. Fat transfer can be permanent as are the effects of the liposuction. It is ideal if a person is seeking a liposuction procedure at the same time.

Fat can also be used to enhance areas of the body such as breasts or buttocks. To find out more about fat grafting for breast augmentation click here.

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