Sunken cheeks, deep nose to mouth lines, marionette lines and jowls all come with the loss of natural fat pads in the face and what is termed as the SMAS slide which is the muscles of the face gravitating downwards.
The loss of fat creates furrows and lines and with it the loss of natural contours to the face.
Dipping the toe with a sprinkling of Botox® and dermal fillers is a great way to stage off the early signs of the ageing process however as time passes you may want to look for a more permanent solution.
This is where fat grafting or fat transfer enters discussions. Fat will do exactly the same as dermal fillers in that it will smooth, contour and fill.
The fat can be taken from other parts of the body such as stomach and thighs; often areas that we would prefer to have less fatty deposits. Micro fat is obtained with micro liposuction and is becoming one of the most popular and well-established techniques.
It can be used to enhance
- Facial volume enhancement
- Breast volume augmentation
- Lip filler enhancement
The stem cells created by adipose fat cells will give volume but also help in the regeneration of tissue, in particular, skin will look fresher and younger and more ‘preserved’. Stem cells when injected into an area will generate its own blood supply and will mimic the tissue cells that it is being injected into. This produces a far more ‘natural looking’ result reducing the over filled puffy look that dermal fillers can produce over time.
Results will be seen immediately but regeneration of the stem cells takes place over a six-month period. The results obtained at the time of the procedure will be very similar to the final results. It is because the results are so natural looking that fat transfer is fast becoming the treatment of choice for many patients in respect of facial rejuvenation.
Benefits of fat transfer for facial rejuvenation
- Autologous, that is it uses your own body tissue rather than a foreign injectable
- Excellent safety profile
- Long-lasting, more permanent solution
- Smooth, natural-looking results
- Virtually no risk of adverse reaction
- Improvement in skin quality