How Successful is Facial Fat Grafting for Rejuvenation?
The mean survival rate of the fat cells is 56%. What does it mean? When you transfer fat cells from one area to another, the body’s natural mechanisms kick in, and part of that fat volume is lost to reabsorption. This tends to happen within the first weeks following the procedure, in which the remaining fat cells that survive the fat graft would remain in the transferred and targeted area for several years. This is the volume retention.
With that, the success rate is highly influenced by the skills of the plastic surgeon, but you need to understand that some of the fat is always reabsorbed by the body no matter what. Hence, regardless of the methods implemented, you will not be able to retain all fats that were injected into your facial area. It is important to note that the volume retention and results vary from patient to patient. The volume retention can range from 40% to 59%.
An interesting fact is that the success rate of breast fat grafting varies from 50% to 90% and is evidently higher than that of facial fat transfer.
Can Fat Grafting Go Wrong?
This is a safe treatment that rarely goes wrong, but every operation carries risk. Some of the known complications are fat necrosis (death cell) and haematoma (blood accumulating under the skin).
Your doctor would be providing you with a full list of possible complications so you are fully aware of the risk prior to proceeding with the procedure. It’s never a good idea to jump into any cosmetic surgery without being fully aware of the possible risks.
What are the Side Effects of Fat Grafting Procedure?
The most common side effects are temporary swelling, temporary numbness around the targeted site, and loss of injected fat. Rarely, patients can develop little scars from the procedure that will fade after a while.
How much do Fat Injections Cost?
In Singapore, facial fat grafting cost runs between $3,000 and $8,000. The cost varies based on the scale of the area which the procedure has to cover.
Hence, the larger the targeted treatment area, the more expensive it gets. Keep in mind that medication, facility fees, and plastic surgeon fees will be added to the bill. Compared to a larger treated area like the breast or the buttocks, the fat grafting to facial regions tends to be more affordable and proves to be a more practical option in the long run as the results are often long-lasting.
On the other hand, patients who have undergone dermal fillers treatments have to come back following up sessions to main the volumised results every 7-8 months. Thus, leading to more expenses over time. Filler products like Juvéderm and Restylane cost around $600-$1,000 per syringe.
Does Insurance Cover Fat Grafting?
Facial fat grafting sessions are not reimbursed by insurance companies, the reason being they aren’t medically necessary treatments. When a procedure is carried out for aesthetic purposes, in most cases, it is paid for by patients themselves. The costs of fat grafting may be covered by insurance when it comes down to breast cancer reconstruction with the fat transfer, but that’s a different case we’re talking about.
How Long is Recovery from Micro Fat Grafting?
Once the treatment is finished, you should expect about 4 to 6 weeks of the total recovery, with a few days of initial downtime when you will generally get bruises and some swelling on the treated area. Patients may also experience some form of grogginess from the anaesthetic. However, more intense procedures will take months to recover. Hence, any additional procedures to the existing treatment will add more healing time to the equation.
In comparison, the downtime after fillers is 7-10 days, and full recovery is achieved after a few weeks.
Is Face Fat Grafting Safe?
Facial fat transfers are among the safest procedures because the body will not have an allergic reaction or another adverse reaction against its own fat and tissue. However, as with every treatment option, on rare occasions, there may be adverse effects. For this reason, patients are instructed to report any unexpected changes in their outcomes as soon as possible.
How Long Does Facial Fat Grafting Last?
The results of the treatment can be permanent. At the very least, they will last several years before ageing plays its role. As years go by, fat is naturally lost from the face, so this can make the outcome less obvious.
What is the Difference between Fat Grafting and Fat Injections?
Fat grafting and fat injections are namely the same procedure. Facial fat grafting is also termed fat transfer, lipofilling, and fat injections. It can fix contour irregularity without the use of foreign substances. Facial transfers are mild cosmetic improvements for those looking to turn back the clock on ageing and volumised the targeted features.
As mentioned earlier, the other injectable options are dermal fillers. They both work in a different way to improve conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles.