10th Jul 2024

Fat Grafting Versus Dermal Fillers

The benefits of cosmetic solutions are vast. They can improve our appearance and make us feel more confident, but they can also help correct medical conditions and restore function. Here is the low-down on fat grafting vs. dermal fillers to help you make the best decision.

What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is a surgical procedure whereby fat is removed from one area of the body via liposuction and injected into another area to improve volume and contour. It's often used for cosmetic purposes, such as filling in lines and wrinkles or increasing fullness in the lips or cheeks.

It can also be used for reconstructive purposes, such as correcting facial deformities or restoring volume to areas that surgery, trauma, or ageing have affected.

A consultation with one of our specialist registered plastic surgeons at Kensington Medical can help you determine if fat grafting is right for you and what specific results you can expect.

How long is the recovery for fat grafting?

Most people report minimal discomfort and swelling after the procedure and can return to normal activities within a few days. Other side effects include bruising, numbness, or tingling in the treated area. However, it can take up to six weeks for the full results of the fat grafting to be visible.

Are there any risks with fat grafting?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with fat grafting. These include infection, bleeding, and asymmetry. There is also a slight risk that the fat will be reabsorbed by the body, leading to a loss of volume in the treated area.

What is Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are injectable hyaluronic acids used to improve the appearance of the skin. They can fill in lines and wrinkles, plump up the lips, reduce the appearance of scars, and restore volume to areas of the face that arise from ageing.

These work by temporarily adding volume to the skin, which can help to lift and smooth out wrinkles and lines. It's effective for both deep wrinkles and superficial lines and can be used in many areas of the face.

Is there a long recovery for dermal fillers?

No. There is no recovery time required after dermal filler injections. You may experience some redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, but this should resolve within a few days.

Are there any risks with dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are considered safe. However, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and bruising, as with any injectable substance. There is also a slight risk of injecting the filler into an unwanted area.

Another problem is the pillow face dermal filler effect. After too many fillers, people often look like they have a "pillow face." The problem with this is that people are looking for a more natural solution to give them facial volume. Fat transfer to the face is a more realistic option that won't result in the pillow face effect.

How long do fillers last?

Dermal fillers last for six months to a year. This does depend on the type of filler used. You can prolong the effects by getting touch-up injections every few months. On the downside, there's a limit to how much filler you can have injected before it looks unnatural.

Which option should I choose?

The best way to decide which procedure is correct for you is to consult with a plastic surgeon at Kensington Medical. They can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment.

If you're looking for a cosmetic solution that can provide long-lasting results, fat grafting may be the best option. A short downtime is worth it for the many years of results you'll enjoy. If you're looking for a quick fix with no downtime, dermal fillers may be the right choice.

However, keep in mind that you will need to get touch-ups every few months to maintain the results. You won't have to worry about this with fat grafting. The outcomes can last for years when you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Combine a Facelift with Fat Grafting

If you're unhappy with the appearance of your face and want to achieve more youthful-looking skin, consider a facelift with fat grafting. This combination can provide you with beautiful, long-lasting results.

A facelift alone can improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. However, it won't do much to improve the volume of your face. This is where fat grafting comes in.

Fat grafting can provide you with long-lasting results by adding volume to your face. Fat grafting can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Fat grafting can give you the youthful appearance you desire when combined with a facelift.

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Get in touch

The best way to learn more about the procedures and find the best choice for your needs is to call us on 0204 551 4892 or schedule a consultation with one of our facial cosmetic surgeons at Kensington Medical. During your consultation, they can assess your goals and recommend the best course of treatment.