Fat Transfer Injections to the Face by Dr Gittos in Auckland

Do you want to get rid of the folds and wrinkles on your face and look younger? Are you looking for a natural and long-lasting solution to reverse the effects of ageing? Instead of using temporary facial injectables or facial fillers maybe a longer lasting Fat Transfer to the face could help.

Facial fat transfer or facial fat grafting can also be called autologous fat transfer or autologous fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, nano fat, micro fat surgery etc.

Dr Mark Gittos has performed hundreds of cosmetic and reconstructive facial procedures. He is one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in New Zealand. He maintains an active clinical practice in Auckland, specialising in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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What Is Face Transfer to the Face?

Facial fat grafting is a simple procedure to augment facial tissues and improve facial contours. It is a quick medical procedure for rejuvenation. Fat transfer may be the right aesthetic choice for you if you have lost facial volume due to weight loss, ageing or sun damage, or if you have loose skin after major weight loss.

Fat grafting offers a natural alternative to traditional surgery because your body won’t reject your own fat that is injected into your face. Fat transfer also lasts longer than traditional dermal fillers.

Facial Fat Grafting: A Natural Way to Improve Your Looks

Fat grafting is the process of removing fat cells from one part of your body and injecting them into another part of your body. The procedure is also known as autologous fat grafting, which means that the fat removed was your own. It can be used on areas such as the lips, cheeks, frown lines and dark circles under your eyes. After fat is removed from the donor site, it is then processed and injected into the desired location – in this case, the face. This restores volume to areas that may appear sunken, adds softness to lines and wrinkles, and can even reshape specific areas such as the lips. The effects are long-lasting because once fat tissue is transplanted to a new area most of it remains there for good.

Fat grafting to the face is an effective and predictable way to plump up facial features. Facial fat grafting generally results in an improvement in facial features. The degree of improvement depends on how much volume was added during the procedure.

Benefits of Fat Grafting

People choose facial fat grafting because of its long-lasting results. Fat transfer to the face is mostly performed on women with hollowness or loose skin on the face, especially in the cheek and eye area due to causes such as ageing and weight loss. It helps patients achieve a more youthful and natural firmness. Fat grafting could be a good solution to deal with the appearance of premature ageing as the procedure aims to fill in lines and wrinkles. Fat grafting can also help reduce scarring.

Reasons to Consider Fat Grafting

  • To reverse the effects of ageing
  • To reduce the appearance of folds or deep lines due to fatty tissue loss and gravity
  • To rejuvenate the skin through stem cells and growth factors
  • To reduce sagging jowls
  • Less invasive than traditional plastic surgery methods
  • Immediate but long-lasting visible result
  • Short recovery time

Are You a Suitable Candidate for Fat Transfer to the Face?

If you have sunken cheeks, a fat transfer could be used to plump up your cheeks and restore a youthful look. Likewise, dark circles under your eyes or lower eyelid bags may be caused by the loss of fatty tissue around the eyes. A fat transfer procedure could add more living tissue to this area to help improve these age-related issues. It is also an ideal natural alternative if you are undergoing cosmetic surgery on another part of your face and wish to enhance your appearance with a natural-looking result without synthetic fillers or facial implants.

There are some criteria that prospective patients should meet before having this treatment. Patients should be in good health before the intervention. It’s important for patients to state any history of abnormal bleeding or smoking before undergoing the procedure since both of these can increase their risk of complications during and after treatment. Patients must also have sufficient fat present so that Dr Gittos will have enough tissue to harvest from and inject into your target areas.

About Fat Transfer to the Face Surgery

Facial fat grafting is not a very invasive procedure, but there are several steps to the process. First, liposuction techniques are used to remove fat from predetermined areas of the body, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs. This is done through tiny incisions that leave almost no scarring. Dr Gittos will then process the fat and place the fat in syringes and inject it into areas that require extra volume. This could be a specific area of the face or all over the face. Depending on the amount of fat removed and its viability, multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

The harvested fat is prepared for injections by using minimal manipulation. Fine cannulas are used to place through tiny incisions to inject the fat into the lines, hollows, and depressions of the face to rejuvenate and recontour. To compensate for the percentage of fat cells that won’t survive, Dr Gittos may overfill the treated area in some cases.

Facial fat grafting is quite straightforward as it involves a simple injection, or several if needed, in a discreet area near the place where the fat will be placed. The fat cells are easily inserted through the needle and Dr Gittos will ensure that the tissue will not shift before he completes the surgery.

What to Expect After Autologus Fat Transfer

The results of facial fat transfer are permanent. You can expect them to last for many years, however, fat loss is a natural part of the ageing process, so you might notice your face becoming slightly thinner over time.

The amount of fat that survives in any given location varies, but it is generally safe to assume that around 50-60% of the fat will remain after 6-12 months. This means that you will generally get better results from having a second treatment at around 6 weeks after the first one rather than just having one treatment on its own.

You should notice that your face looks softer and more natural after treatment with no obvious signs of surgery or fillers.

Surgery Aftercare and Recovery

Most patients are able to go home about an hour after the procedure. You can expect some facial swelling and bruising for a few days, which you can minimise by icing your face with a bag of frozen peas or cold compresses. Dr Gittos may also recommend that you wear a compression garment around your head for about seven days to help reduce swelling and aid healing, particularly if facial fat transfer is combined with another surgery like a facelift.

Fat transfer to the face is minimally invasive, so it doesn’t usually require much downtime. After 24 hours, you can shower and wash your hair as normal, but be sure to avoid scrubbing or rubbing too harshly on the area where the fat was transferred. You should also be able to return to work within three days (as long as you don’t have any physically demanding job responsibilities). Makeup can be applied three to five days after surgery without causing damage or irritation, so long as it’s done gently.

Other than these restrictions, there’s not too much else that needs doing after surgery—just take it easy and let yourself heal!

Risks and Complications of Fat Transfer to the Face

The risks and complications of any surgical procedure will be discussed during the consultation with Dr Gittos. Take a look at our risks page for more info.

How Much Does Fat Transfer to the Face Cost in NZ?

The cost of fat injections to face depends on the size and location of the area being treated and the amount of fat used. There is also additional costs such as anaesthetist fee, hospital fees, medicines etc. The total cost will be discussed during your consultation, please check our pricing page or phone the team to find out more information.

How to Find the Best Facial Surgeon in Auckland

Picking the right plastic surgeon is a very personal decision that can have a big impact on your life. It is important to be comfortable with the surgeon you choose and to feel confident in their ability to provide you with exceptional care. Here are some tips for finding the right surgeon for your procedure:

  • Reviews: take some time to read online patient reviews. These reviews can help you get an idea of what other people’s experiences were like and whether or not they would recommend the surgeon
  • Ask for before and after photos: if possible, ask the surgeon for before and after photos of patients who have had similar procedures performed
  • Consultations: during the consultation, it is important to ask as many questions as possible in order to get a feel of how comfortable you are with the surgeon and how well he or she communicates
  • Ask friends and family for referrals: your family members and friends may also be able to recommend a good surgeon based on their own personal experiences, so don’t be afraid to ask

FAQs about Fat Transfer to the Face

How long does fat grafting to the face results last?

  • Generally speaking, fat transfer to the face deliver longer-lasting results. However, when it comes to this type of surgery, the results are often affected by weight fluctuations and the natural ageing process.

Can I get rid of the fat injected in the face?

  • If you’re not happy with the results of your fat injections, talk to your surgeon. He or she may be able to inject other substances into the area to reduce inflammation, as most probably what you are objecting to is the inflammation. However, if necessary, a plastic surgeon should be able to remove the excess fat.

How painful is it to get a fat graft?

  • Dr Gittos will use a local anaesthetic to numb the donor site from which the fat is harvested. You shouldn’t feel too much pain or discomfort during the actual procedure or after.

Further Reading and Medical References about Fat Transfer to the Face

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women.

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.


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