Under-eye fat grafting is a massive breakthrough in the field of under-eye rejuvenation treatments. Most people, young and old, have problems regarding this area. Everyone wishes to have youthful-looking under eyes like that of a baby, but because of the aging process and sometimes genetics, it can be impossible to achieve this look. Skincare does not always help in getting rid of under-eye problems, particularly if they are severe. In this case, an under-eye fat grafting is your best bet. To know more about the procedure and why it is better as compared to a filler, continue reading below.
What is Under Eye Fat Grafting?
Under-eye fat grafting, also known as an autologous fat transplantation, lipoinjection, or lipofilling, is a procedure that uses a person’s fat cells to fill in the hallows and problem areas the of the undereye. Fat cells are usually extracted from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or other body parts that have excess viable fats. As compared to facial fillers, fat grafting in the under-eye area looks and feels more natural since it is the person’s own fat being used.
It also lessens the chances of rejection, complications, and allergic reactions since the body does not consider the fat to be a foreign substance.
Those who are good candidates for an under-eye fat grafting are those who:
- Lack of volume in the under-eye area
- Have depressions in the under eye
- Are physically and mentally healthy
- Have a realistic expectation of the results
- Have excess fats in other body parts
What are the Benefits of Under Eye Grafting?
Under-eye fat grafting has several benefits other than being able to rejuvenate the under-eye area. Some of the benefits of the procedure include:
- Restoring volume to the hallow parts of the under eyes
- Getting rid of eye bags and dark circles
- No risk of allergic reactions
- No rejection of the injected fats
- Improvement of the skin’s condition
- Long-lasting effect
How is Under Eye Fat Grafting Done?
An under-eye fat grafting procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour to finish. When getting this procedure, you should make sure that the doctor who will operate is a board-certified plastic surgeon who either specializes or has credible experience in fat grafting. This is to make sure that you will have a successful under eye fat grafting without any complications. The following steps underline the general process of the procedure;
The standard anesthesia used for an under-eye fat grafting procedure is the local anesthesia, especially in the area of the extraction. Depending on the patient’s need, local anesthesia can also be paired with IV sedation.
The extraction process uses manual liposuction techniques since laser or ultrasound liposuction often destroys the fat cells that are needed for the grafting. With the help of a cannula, the surgeon suctions enough fat for the under-eye area.
Once they have collected the fats from another part of the patient’s body, they put it in a test tube and insert it in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine that exerts centrifugal force to separate the excess fluids, dead fat cells, and other debris from viable fat cells. Another method that some surgeons use is the use of a saline solution to wash the fat. Discarded fats are those that are unlikely to survive the grafting.
Under Eye Fat Grafting Recovery
The recovery for under-eye fat grafting only takes a few days to a week since it is a minimally invasive procedure, and you only have a small incision from the extraction process. Bruising, swelling, and pain are all standard as with any plastic surgery procedure. This is nothing to worry about because your doctor will prescribe you pain medications that would ease your discomfort. A week for rest, recovery, and break from work is enough since the swelling and bruising would have subsided by then in both the donor and recipient areas. During the healing period, you should avoid the sun for about 48 hours, and if you need to be exposed to the sun, make sure that you wear sun protection.
Under Eye Fat Grafting Before and After
Even though the results are visible after a few days to a week when the swelling subsides, you will see the full setting of your under-eye area after six months. This is because it can take a couple of months for the fats to become established in their new place entirely. To achieve the results of the patients in the before and after images below, it is advised that you should have 3-4 maintenance treatments within six months to one year.
As you can see in the after pictures, even though maintenance treatments are essential, it is still worth the time, effort, and money since the procedure is very promising. You can also guarantee the success in making your under-eye area look more rejuvenated and younger. Not only does it get rid of hollows, but the procedure is also capable of eliminating dark circles and wrinkles.
An under-eye fat grafting procedure uses the person’s fat to get rid of the signs of aging in the under-eye area. The method also restores volume and rejuvenates the under-eye. Since it uses your fat cells, one of the best benefits is that it will not cause any allergic reactions to the treatment area or have a risk of rejection from the body.
The procedure is also minimally invasive and only requires a week for recovery and downtime. However, even though you need 3-4 maintenance treatments within a span of six months to a year, it can be seen that the results are worth it from the before and after pictures of patients who underwent the treatment.
If you are someone who has always had problems with the lack of volume in your under-eye, but too scared to undergo treatment because of possible complications, then you should go for under eye fat grafting. Book your consultation now at our website and be one step closer to having rejuvenated and younger-looking under eyes.
Can Under Eye Fat Grafting remove dark circles and eye bags?
Since under-eye fat grafting is a rejuvenating procedure for the under-eye area, it can remove eye bags and dark circles as well as hallow appearances. However, to achieve better results, you may pair an under eye fat grafting procedure with another treatment for the rejuvenation of the under-eye area. You may speak to your doctor regarding other treatments.