You’re probably very familiar with injectables, such as Botox and
dermal fillers like Juvederm to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and
to restore volume in the face, but have you heard about fat grafting for
anti-aging? It’s one of the hottest alternatives to traditional
fillers because it uses patients’ own body fat.
Here’s how the process works: With fat grafting, fat is removed from
an area where a patient has it extra fat to spare, such as the abdomen,
hips or thighs. The fat is gently removed by hand and centrifuged –
this process separates the non-fat substances from the live fatty tissue.
From there, the fat is gently injected into the face to restore facial
volume – the main cause of facial aging.
We often think that aging consists of developing wrinkles, but that’s
not the only thing we see with aging. The aging process comes down to
atrophy. As people age, they lose facial volume. This leads to sagging
skin and wrinkles. Fat grafting is a way to restore lost facial volume,
yielding beautiful, younger-looking skin.
Fat Grafting for Natural-Looking Results
Even though fat grafting is usually well-tolerated because it involves
using one’s own body fat instead of foreign substances, we must
not forget that it’s still surgery. It should only be done by a
board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in the procedure, because
it is a meticulous technique that requires a trained eye and great skill.
The procedure must be done very carefully in order for the fat to survive
well and to achieve natural-looking results.
Is fat grafting to the face worth it? We’ve had patients come to
us four or six months after the surgery and say, “Dr. Gorodisky,
my facial skin looks the best it’s looked my entire adult life.”
So yes, it’s definitely worth it. For patients who are looking to
use their own fat because it doesn’t involve other substances, fat
grafting can be the next best thing to a traditional facelift.
To learn more about fat grafting for the
contact us today to schedule a consultation with
Dr. Yuly Gorodisky, a
board-certified plastic surgeon.