As the face ages, volume diminishes. This loss of volume is a significant part of the aging process and cannot be corrected with a rhytidectomy (facelift) or laser resurfacing.
The volume lost during aging is not only fat, but involves atrophy of muscle and bone; and that transplanted fat survives best next to muscle.
With our technique, autologous adipose (fat) tissue is injected within the muscles of facial expression, thereby restoring fullness following the template of the patients' own anatomy. Fat is harvested in an atraumatic, sterile manner and the centrifuged fat is then injected into different muscle facial groups. The injections parallel the blood supply, minimizing trauma and optimizing survival of the fat. There are minimal reported complications, down time is minimal, and patient satisfaction is high. Some patients may require two or more treatments for optimal results.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are those with a gaunt look, hollowing eyes or flattened cheeks and lips. It is especially effective for both facelift and post-facelift patients who wish to avoid the pulled appearance of multiple lifts. Fat transfer is also recommended for localized volume loss in areas such as the lips, tear trough, nasolabial folds and chin.
Our fat transfer technique provides a more predictable, long-term solution to age-related facial defects and successfully restored the smooth, attractive contours of youth.