Facial aging results in the formation of frown lines, drooping eyebrows, sunken cheeks, lines around the mouth, and wrinkles. Facial volume loss is one of the earliest signs of facial aging. Patients seek many popular skincare products and artificial dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm in an effort to restore facial volume. When dermal fillers and skin care products are no longer sufficient to combat these signs of aging, fat transfer (or fat grafting) is often utilized. This has become a popular procedure for returning the fullness to different areas of the face.
Fat transfer has been used in facial procedures for several years, but the techniques have improved significantly in recent times. Fat is harvested from other areas of the body where it isn’t needed and transferred to the face. Fat is particularly helpful in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and the chin and jawline. Fat transfer is often used in conjunction with a facelift to produce the desired results and return lost essential facial volume. The fat contains stem cells, which help to rejuvenate the skin while enhancing the facial appearance.
One of the most beneficial qualities related to fat is that it is from one’s own body. Unlike artificial fillers which are foreign substances, fat is a patient’s own tissue. It provides a natural means for enhancing facial volume without the risk of possible allergic reactions, which although rare can occur with artificial dermal fillers.
Most patients benefit from treatments of the mid-facial cheek region. Treat in this area helps to rejuvenate the under eye region, which also adding volume to the cheeks and cheek bones restoring natural youthful fullness. Fat transfer to the mid facial region will also provide a mild mid face lift, helping to raise sagging cheeks.
The area around the mouth commonly benefits from enhancement with fat transfer as well. The jowls can be softened, and nasolabial and marionette lines will improve as a result.
Fat transfer is also effective for the temple area. As it ages, it can become sunken and concave. The addition of fat plumps up this region, leading to a more youthful look.
General anesthesia is not required, therefore, fat transfer can be performed utilizing local anesthesia with oral sedation or IV sedation. This allows for minimal downtime and risk, leading to a reduced recovery period. Most patients return to their normal activities within a few days to a week.
Fat transfer is an excellent procedure which has helped many Philadelphia area patients restore a more youthful appearance without the need for major surgery, general anesthesia, or prolonged downtime. If you feel that you would like to discuss fat transfer and how it might benefit you, contact our office a 1(877)-481-FACE to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Corrado serves patients from the greater Delaware Valley area such as, South Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, the Mainline, and Delaware County. He also offers care for out of town patients as well. Dr. Corrado offers the latest advances in the fields of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. He provides his patients with the full spectrum of facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. His areas of special interest include laser skin resurfacing, facelift, mini facelift, blepharoplasty, and facial fat grafting. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Anthony Corrado by calling 1 (877) 481-FACE (3223).