Facial Fat Grafting for a Chiseled Jawline Appearance
Dr. Kimberly Short has been performing fat grafting and sculpting for improved facial definition for over 15 years in her practice. Dr. Kimberly Short has adopted the “Coleman” technique, the most widely used technique and instrumentation in the United States.
Dr. Kimberly Short trained with Dr. Sydney Coleman and has used this opportunity to perfect this technique for her patients. Structural fat grafting is a procedure used to restore fullness and provide enhanced angularity for males. Fat grafting is an all natural option for facial re-shaping that produces permanent results, creating soft, natural contour changes.
A more attractive jawline which creates a better balance between the chin and the other facial features.
Fat grafting is a procedure in which fat cells or grafts are removed from the desired area on the body such as the neck or abdomen with a special harvesting (liposuction) cannula to gently remove fat cells and the fat cells are then transferred, or re-implanted to the facial area(s) to improve the jawline appearance, provide projection to the chin, and enhance the angles for improved masculine traits. The harvested fat cells are treated very carefully to ensure the longevity of the desired outcome. Dr. Short re-injects the fat grafts through a special “Coleman” injecting cannula that is blunt and designed for the facial area. The blunt instrumentation minimizes bruising and swelling to the facial areas. Dr. Short’s fat grafting technique allows the transfer of fat grafts in small aliquots within the dermal layer rather than large clumps, creating a very smooth contour.
By performing this technique with emphasis on minimizing trauma to the fat grafts, the survival of the fat grafts is extremely high and results are long-lasting. Due to the relationship between the blood supply and survivability of the fat grafts, cessation of smoking is required a minimum of 3-6 months prior to surgery for optimal results.
The incisions used for harvesting the fat and transferring the fat grafts are 1-2 cm and are very well hidden. The incisions are closed with very fine sutures, removed after 3-5 days following surgery. To improve the jawline appearance, removal of fat may be recommended to the neck area to emphasize the jawline with a more desired neck angle. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under light or general anesthesia. The procedure will typically take 1.5-2.5 hours.
Light dressings are placed and the incisions are covered with skin glue adhesive and steri-strips. A compression wrap or binder to the harvesting site, neck or abdomen, is placed for 1-2 weeks following the surgery to reduce the swelling as quickly as possible. Light activities may be performed after 1 week and lifting may be resumed after 2 weeks. Sleeping at a 45-degree angle is recommended for the first 7-10 days to reduce swelling to the facial area.
A cooling mask (designed by the NASA program) may be used instead of regular ice application to provide a uniform cooling temperature directly after surgery. You should anticipate swelling and bruising for the first 2 weeks, but oral medications recommended prior to surgery, Arnica and Bromelain may reduce these effects following surgery. The use of the external ultrasound as post-operative massage will reduce the swelling and any areas of firmness as well. You will need a caretaker for the first 24-36 hours after the procedure.
- An improved profile.
- More definition to the jawline.
Note: It is important to address any concerns with Dr. Short at the time of your consultation. There is some risk, as with any surgical procedure. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Dr. Short can explain the procedure and potential complications to you in detail, and she can assist you in determining if fat grafting is best for you.