Is a procedure in which an individual’s own body fat is used to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face. “Autologous” simply refers to the use of one’s own fat. Because the patient’s own fat is used, AFT requires three steps:
- Gentle liposuction of fat (such as that found in the abdomen, thighs or buttocks).
- Isolation and cleansing of the fat cells.
- Injection of the fat cells into the targeted facial areas (i.e., the fat cell transplantation).
CANDIDATES FOR AFT
Facial fat injections eliminate aspects of facial “wear & tear” that appear with age, such as:
- Hollows in the face (such as under the eyes, cheekbones, sideburns, temples).
- Wrinkles and furrows such as smile lines, frown lines, marionette lines.
- Filling of lips, eyebrows that have lost volume.
- Scars or depressions in the face.
BENEFITS OF AFT
Besides rejuvenating the aging face, AFT is natural. The material used is not from an animal, or a synthetic product. Therefore, there are no allergic reactions to worry about, because the fat transplantation is from your own body. The effects of facial fat sculpting are very long-lasting, last much longer than cosmetic injectables such as Collagen, Restylane & Juvederm.
RISKS & EXPECTATIONS
The risks of fat transfer/fat injection are few and minimal. Soreness and swelling are possible and resolve within a few days. Bruising is possible in patients with increased blood thinning. Thighs are usually more painful and the discomfort over the thighs lasts longer than that over the face. Minimal oozing of blood from the thighs is expected on the second day
Is it done under general anesthesia?
AFT is usually done under local anesthesia with the patient is fully awake, and it usually lasts for around 1 hour
Is it painful?
The procedure is usually painless but with mild discomfort.
Should I continue my medications?
Yes, take your regular medications except for blood thinning medications (Aspirin & NSAID should be stopped one week before operation, consult your cardiologist).
Should I avoid any dietary supplements?
Yes, avoid intake of garlic, ginger, ginkgo, and ginseng, because they are blood and thinning may increase the risk of bruises.
Should I eat?
Patients are advised to have regular light breakfast on the operation day.