Facial Fat Grafting – Facial Fat Injections

What is a facial fat grafting?

A facial fat grafting is a surgical procedure aimed at infiltrating fat to those areas of the face that look emaciated or thin due to aging or simply because you seek to change the shape of your face.

The fat is taken from the patient’s own body and then put in the area needed. It is also possible to perform other surgical techniques to achieve a more juvenile appearance to your face.

What does the procedure consist of?

Once Dr. Robles has approved the treatment after the consults, you will be able to get the procedure done.

After it has been checked that you are in good health with the pre-surgical tests, you will be able to go into the operating room. There, the doctor will proceed to mark the areas where the infiltration will be done as well as the donor areas. After that, he will take pictures of those areas to compare the results once the surgery has already been done.

The next step will be to sedate and anesthetize you by the doctor’s assistant. Once it is done, the surgery will begin. This procedure needs the extraction of fat from a part of your body through a cannula. After the fat is extracted, it will be processed so that it can be injected in you the areas needed. In this way it will be possible to sculpt the shape of the body or rejuvenate the face on the cheeks, lips, chin or nose.

It is possible to perform other surgeries at the same time. Usually, those procedures are blepharoplasty or facial lifting.

The fat extracted from your body is ideal to perform this type of procedure, not only because of its natural results, but also because there aren’t immunity issues and it is rich in stem cells.

Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates are those people who have clear and realistic goals to improve their looks, and to do so they are willing to follow all the instructions given by Dr. Robles. At the same time, it is important that they are healthy patients who do not suffer from any disease that may endanger their health or the healing process.

How is the recovery?

When the surgery is completed, the treated area will be cleaned and the bandages will be put. Dr. Robles will prescribe some medication that will ease any discomfort you may feel both in the donor area as well as in the area that was infiltrated. You will also be given antibiotics to be able to go through the post-operative period without any issues.

During this period, you will notice the treated areas are swollen or bruised. These conditions will wear off as days go by and you rest. It will be very important to apply ice to the areas once you are at home, as well as keeping the area sanitized and caring for the treated areas.
In case it is necessary to remove the stitches from the area where the extraction was done, it will be done one week after the surgery.

You will be able to go back to work ten days after the surgery. It is vital that you continue to follow all the instructions given by Dr. Robles as well as going to the checkups; the success of your recovery and the surgery will depend on that.

What are the risks?

The risks associated to this surgery are infections, facial asymmetry, bleeding as well as those related to using anesthetics.

How long do the results last?

Even though the results are extremely good because the infiltration is done with the patient’s own fat, it tends to be absorbed in time, depending of the type and amount of fat as well as the way the fat is infiltrated. This will change from patient to patient. In any case, this procedure offers the advantage of being done with substances extracted from the patient’s body, which ensures a natural and harmonic outcome.

What do I need to get the surgery done?

After all the details have been confirmed with Dr. Robles, you will be given some documents related to the procedure. There, you will find the informed consent for the surgery, which is a written statement that you’ve been fully informed of the surgery you are about to be practiced, as well as the risks involved. You will also be given a sworn statement of your medical history. Both must be read and filled when they are given to you, however you’ll sign them the day of the surgery on Clínica Robles.

In order to assure your safety and to be certain that the surgery will go without any complications, Dr. Robles will perform some routine pre-surgical tests, including blood tests, ECG, surgical risk tests, and whenever necessary an ultrasound scan.

It is of the utmost importance that you have all of the medication and other elements that Dr Robles had asked you in previous consults. A fast recovery will depend on that. Medication varies according to the type of treatment or your medical history. This is why that information must be the trustworthy.