Cheek fat injection
What you should know about Autologous Fat Transfer to the cheeks
Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT) to the cheeks is one of the most common fat injection procedure performed today. Although tissue laxity does occur with aging, volume loss remains the main cause of flat, saggy cheeks for the majority of patients. The loss of volume in the cheek-eyelid area leads to the appearance of the nasolabial folds (the parenthesis around the mouth), the naso-jugal groove (the tear trough) and the palpebro-malar groove (the groove between the eyelid and the cheek). No other procedure is as effective at lifting the cheeks as autologous fat transfer. AFT to the cheeks is commonly performed at the same time as fat injection in the eyelids, temples and lower face.
Dr DAN’s Technique: The fat that we inject in the cheeks is Microfat, a specially prepared fat for volume augmentation. Microfat is harvested from the belly or the hips and processed before being injected with very fine cannulas (blunt needles). The result of Microfat injection is completely natural and visible immediately although bruising and swelling are normal during the first 2-3 weeks after surgery. Microfat has many regenerative effects on the skin and the tissues underneath, for which reason the result gets better over time and lasts decades.
Nanofat is a different type of fat that is finer and is rich in stem cells. Nanofat is injected very superficially, in the skin and is the most effective treatment for pigmentation anywhere on the face. In my experience, it is the most effective treatment for tear trough pigmentation.
Length of surgery: 30-60 min
Anesthesia: light sedation
Hospitalization: ambulatory (day surgery)
Downtime: 1-2 weeks