Advanced facial liposcultpure - fine tuning facial appearance with fat grafting

Fat grafting is an increasingly popular plastic surgery technique that allows fine adjustments to facial structure in a completely natural way. It is often used in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift or rhinoplasty but is also has great benefit on its own.

The procedure

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Fat is harvested through a tiny incision in a process similar to liposuction - therefore is an added benefit of removing bits of unwanted fat (e.g. tummy). The fat is purified and then injected with pinpoint accuracy using small cannulas. It is generally performed under general anaesthetic but it is also possible to perform under local anaesthetic. About half the fat is resorbed by the body and about half remains. Being part of your own body, it is more safe and natural than synthetic fillers and also has a much greater scope of effect.

 

Case Example

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In this case, fat has been injected into the forehead to even out forehead contour and the chin to increase projection. This has been performed at the same time as rhinoplasty to improve the overall side profile. 

 

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I have just added some examples of rhinoplasty cases to the ‘Before & After’ section.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the term used to describe nose-reshaping operations. The aim of rhinoplasty is to improve the appearance of the nose delivering a natural, non-operated look that is well balanced with the rest of the face.

Who would benefit from rhinoplasty?

1.     Cosmetic rhinoplasty. The desired appearance of the nose is very individual and culture-specific. Rhinoplasty can remove bumps, adjust length and width and improve tip definition and projection.

2.     Rhinoplasty after broken nose. Rhinoplasty can straighten crooked noses, remove bumps and adjust abnormalities on the inside of the nose (septoplasty) that are the result of previous trauma, improving appearance and function.

3.     Revision surgery. If you’ve already had a previous rhinoplasty and are unhappy with the result or would like some aspect adjusted, revision surgery may be appropriate.

The operation

Rhinoplasty is carried out under general anaesthesia. Incisions are well concealed on inside the nose and underneath the tip. The procedure takes around 2 hours. It is usual to stay overnight in hospital.

What to expect

A small splint is placed on the outside of the nose for 7 days. Some bruising occurs around the eyes, but usually subsides over 7-10 days. A more in depth discussion of the individual operative plan, risks and expectations will be covered over two pre-operative consultations.

What is liquid rhinoplasty?

Liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical treatment that changes the shape of the nose using injectable fillers. It is not as effective or long-lasting as surgical rhinoplasty but may improve the overall appearance of the nose by concealing humps, dips or depressions. This is a simple technique that can be done in outpatients.