Your facial fat transfer is a two-part procedure that will be performed at our state-licensed surgery center. Either a local anesthesia and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be used for the procedure. You will be monitored at all times to ensure your comfort and safety.
Prior to surgery, you will have identified areas of your body to be used as fat cell donor sites. Fat cell grafts from those sites will be gently harvested using a liposuction procedure. The grafts will be prepared for transfer using a centrifuge or filtration purification procedure to separate the fat cells from liquid that also is extracted during liposuction.
Once the fat cell grafts are ready for transfer, the implant points on your face will be prepared. Dr. Sajan will use a cannula (an extremely thin tube) inserted through a micro incision at the recipient point to transfer droplets of the purified fat. This insert/transfer process is repeated until the desired effect is achieved at each recipient site.
Your face may feel tight and very tender following surgery and the donor sites may also feel tender or sore. Swelling and bruising are your body's natural responses following a fat transfer. Both will begin to subside during the first week and a significant improvement in appearance and comfort are typically noticeable by day ten. (Subtle swelling may still be present for a number of weeks after your procedure.)
It will be very important for you to follow all Dr. Sajan's pre- and post-procedure instructions, particularly the need to stay well-hydrated. Great care also must be taken to avoid massaging or rubbing the implanted areas for several days post-surgery to allow the best opportunity for blood vessels to grow into and strengthen in the fat grafts.