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Transferring Fat Cells to the Face Restores Volume

Published on October 20, 2017
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A youthful appearance is defined by a voluminous face. As we age, apart from the appearance of noticeable wrinkles, our face starts to lose its roundness and begins to look gaunt. The first option which comes to mind when you think of age reversal is going under the knife.

Approaching plastic surgery with apprehension is understandable. If you aren’t convinced that plastic surgery is the best option, there are other non-invasive procedures to address fine lines and wrinkles on the face. A popular method is fat injections to restore face volume. Micro-lipoinjections, or fat transfer to the face, restores suppleness of the cheeks and chin and can also be used to add volume to thin lips.

Understanding Autologous Fat Transfer

Clinically known as autologous fat transfer, micro-lipoijection treatment begins with the process of harvesting fat cells from the patient’s body, separating and purification of cells, and reinjecting the healthy cells in selected regions. The process is referred to as “autologous” because the source of fat cells is native to the patient.

Fat Transplant Results Are Long-Lasting

Depending on the expertise of the plastic surgeon, autologous fat transfer can have long-lasting and even permanent results. It is important to choose a surgeon with expertise in the area of fat transfer like Dr. Gantous to achieve permanent results.

Dermal filler base injections offer permanent results when the substance is naturally occurring in the donor and is not a foreign substance (these have a high rate of rejection). Fat cells harvested from the patient are ideal to fill sunken cheeks, marionette lines, and the harsh nasolabial folds.

To achieve permanent results, the grafted cells must be transferred to a location that receives blood supply and all the essential nutrients for it to survive as a living entity. MRI scans have proved that transfer of fat cells from a region of abundance to a lacking area persist as long-lived vascularized tissue.

Scientists have long established that fat cells are a rich source of stem cells (cells capable of differentiation), which are inherently capable of repairing any damages caused in the process of transfer. The ability of fat cells to auto repair is now being used in reconstructive surgery to stimulate non-healing wounds gained from chemotherapy.

The fat graft is capable of rejuvenating, revitalizing, and healing when performed correctly. Fat transfer can be the ideal choice for facial rejuvenation to restore a youthful appearance.

Ideal Candidates for a Fat Transfer

An adult who wishes to diminish the signs of aging is an ideal candidate for micro-lipoinjections. Areas like creases, wrinkles, frown lines, furrows, and depressions in the cheeks are restored to natural volume through this procedure. Autologous fat transfer is a safe procedure, and thus there are negligible chances of allergies.

Patients who wish to get this procedure must disclose current habits like smoking, medical history, birth control pills, blood thinners, and supplements to their plastic surgeon to determine whether the procedure is right for them.

Receiving Your Facial Fat Transfer

Thanks to experienced facial plastic surgery specialist Dr. Andres Gantous, you can restore facial volume and eliminate harsh wrinkles. To make an appointment for a consultation, contact our office today.

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