Face and Hand Rejuvenation McAllen
Fat Transfer for Facial Rejuvenation
Over the years, the aging face suffers a loss of bony support over the cheeks and around the nose. These changes combined with the loss of collagen and elastin contribute to sagging facial features. This loss of facial volume and elasticity leads to the formation of wrinkles, creases and folds. The face loses its youthful appearance with perky cheeks and supple skin.
Traditionally, these changes were treated with extensive face-lift surgeries that attempted to pull skin back tight over the face. These surgeries, in addition to their extensive recovery time, risks, and cost, also neglect the underlying volume loss that contributes to the appearance of the aging face resulting in an artificial windswept appearance.
During the past decade, new technologies have evolved for treating wrinkles with newly FDA-approved liquid dermal fillers and BOTOX® injections. New and refined injection techniques have also been developed focusing on lifting and restoring the youthful contours of the face, with an ancillary benefit of wrinkle reduction (rather than the other way around). This has spawned a revolutionary new approach in treating sagging facial features, which we call a Liquid Face Lift. Dermal fillers are use to restore the lost facial volume, injected at a deeper level, rather than simply trying to fill in wrinkles.
Fat transfer has also been used to restore the volume and supporting soft tissue of the face that has been lost over time. The procedure involves moving fat cells from one part of the body – like the stomach, hips, or thighs – and injecting them into the face to provide natural fullness. In addition, the natural stem cells present in the transferred fat have been shown to improve the overall skin quality after transfer.
Although some clinicians claim that fat transfer to the face offers a permanent result, our experience demonstrates that fat transfer to the face is not permanent – even when combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP). This is unlike fat transfer to the butt, which has been shown to offer long-term results.
The obvious benefits of using fat transfer for facial rejuvenation is having liposuction to other affected areas as donor sites for the fat transfer. The down side of transferring fat to the face, lips or any other place in the body, is that some of it will be reabsorbed by the body. And often, we can’t really predict how much will be reabsorbed. The fat transfer techniques used for facial rejuvenation typically result in 60-75% fat graft survival or “take”. So what we can say is that what you have remaining after three months will remain and will be slowly reabsorbed – especially from the lips. Another disadvantage of fat transfer to the face is that the procedure is performed in the operating room, under anesthesia, which requires recovery time, and fat transfer to the face does result in significant bruising.
The advantage of the newer dermal fillers, such as Voluma or Radiesse is that they are injected in the office under local anesthesia, there is almost no bruising, and they offer more precise results, which can last up to 2 years.
Fat transfer or Radiesse dermal filler can also be used to restore the fullness and youthful appearance of the hands, as well, which can often betray one’s age despite a rigorous anti-aging regimen if the hands appear atrophied and wasted.
To learn more about facial rejuvenation, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez or Stephanie Brown, NP-C, MSN, our nurse practitioner and expert MedSpa injector. Or, you can call our offices to schedule your appointment: In Edinburg – 956-687-8346 and in Brownsville 956-350-6561.
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