Volume Replenishment to the Upper Face
As we age, the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue and the loss of subcutaneous fat under the skin can lead to a hollowed out look, particularly in the upper face. The fat under the cheek pads can become depleted in addition to that of the brows and temples. Synthetic dermal fillers are one option for treating these areas, but in Our doctor’s opinion using your own fat, and injecting it into facial areas that need extra volume or fullness is far superior.
Facial fat transfer procedures go by several names – fat grafting, autologous fat transplantation (AFT), fat injections or stem cell fat transfer. The process involves Our doctor harvesting your own fat from the hips, abdomen or thighs, processing and cleansing it, then injecting it into the cheeks, temples, brows or wherever there has been volume loss. The result is restoration of lost facial volume and a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Whatever name you call the process, the advantageous are many. Fat grafts have the potential to last longer than synthetic fillers; as much as 50 percent of the injected fat can last for five years. The risk of reaction or rejection is eliminated because the fat is derived from your own tissue. In general, there is a ready supply of fat from your own body. And fat injections may even enhance collagen production, creating a more long lasting effect.
In addition, research indicates that fat contains adult stem cells, which may be responsible for a rejuvenation effect on the skin and other facial tissue as well as boosting healing. Researchers around the world are very interested in the benefits of stem cells in fat and are currently investigating the potential for use in treating conditions as wide ranging as cardiovascular disease, soft tissue defects and wound healing.
As far as replacing facial volume, stem cell fat transfer is a powerful and long-lasting option. In many cases Our doctor combines fat transfer with a modified facelift, particularly if sagging skin on the neck and jowls is present. However, if your main concern is loss of fullness in the upper face, fat transfers may be the appropriate procedure for a natural, youthful appearance.
Talk to Our doctor and learn which option is best for you.