Fat Transfer Technique
Fat is harvested or taken from other parts of the body by liposuction. This fat is then processed and injected with cannulas into areas of the face where volume is needed. Fat transfer is also seen in other areas of the body, such as the buttocks and breasts. For the face, areas such as the nasolabial folds, cheeks and lips can be filled with fat to restore and sculpt.
Fat Transfer vs Fillers
Fillers consist of material such as hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxyapatite or polylactic acid. The goal is to replenish lost volume in the face which is a sign of aging. Fillers are commonly performed and are temporary solutions to volume restoration. They are many different types of fillers that vary in how long they last. Fat on the other hand is your own tissue and generally lasts a very long time from years of being permanent.
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Fat Transfer and Facelifts
Fat transfer can be combined with facelift procedures at the same time. This is a powerful technique and can dramatically turn back the clock of aging. The facelift will improve the excess skin and sagging of the soft tissues while the fat transfer will restore the lost volume. Volume restoration cannot effectively be improved by facelift alone.
Good candidates are relatively healthy with facial volume loss in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, lips. The whole face can be performed or separate areas depending on where the volume is lost. The procedure quite short and has a low downtime. There are no sutures. The areas of liposuction will have a garment placed over the top which should be worn for 4-6 weeks.