At some point, we all look in the mirror andrealize that aging has made us look a little less like, well, us. There are afew more wrinkles, and gravity has taken its toll. Thanks to advances incosmetic dermatology, we don’t have to let aging take over. But which facialrejuvenation is right for you? At Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, we offer both facialfat grafting and facial fillers to add volume to the face and reduce wrinkles.We can help you decide which treatment will best accomplish your cosmeticgoals.
Facial Fat Grafting
If your main concern is loss of fullness in theface, facial fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) is likely a better choicethan facial fillers, especially if more volume is needed around the eyes,cheeks, and jawline. Fat grafting has been shown to last longer than fillers interms of maintaining fullness.
To get a better idea of how fat grafting works,think of a balloon. When it’s inflated and full, it’s smooth. But when the airis let out of the balloon, it’s loose and wrinkled. Fat grafting “inflates” theskin by filling it again with your own fat.
During the fat grafting procedure, tiny amounts offat are removed from your abdomen or thighs. This shouldn’t be confused withprocedures such as liposuction since such small amounts of fat are removed. Thefat is purified and then injected into the areas of your face that need fillingusing a microdroplet technique, which simply means that only small droplets offat are injected at a time. This technique results in a smoother appearance.Many experts believe that fat grafting’s effectiveness is due to a stem-cellresponse within the skin, but this is not yet proven.
More than one fat grafting treatment may be neededto achieve your aesthetic goal, but the results typically last for years. Manypatients require no future treatments.
Benefits of facial fat grafting include:
- Significant volume restoration
- Lasting results that continue indefinitely
- Use of your own fat to fill the face instead of chemicals
- Improved skin texture and tone
- Wrinkle reduction in certain areas, particularly around the eyes
- Fewer risks and side effects than facial fillers
If you’re more concerned with deep wrinkles, butstill want to improve volume, facial fillers may be a better choice.
Injectable fillers, such as Jevéderm Voluma® XC,Restylane® and Sculptra® Aesthetic, are made up of biocompatible substancessuch as hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite. Whenthese substances are injected into the face, they add volume, improvecontouring, and fill in even the deepest wrinkles by stimulating collagenproduction.
Depending on the type of filler that’s used,results can be immediate or gradual. However, all injectable fillers havetemporary results that typically last a few months to a year.
Side effects of injectable fillers are minimal, butan allergic or adverse reaction can occur in some patients.
Benefits of facial fillers include:
- Significant wrinkle reduction and volume improvement, particularly in the cheeks and lips
- No downtime, as opposed to the one- to two-day downtime required for fat grafting
- Immediate results in most cases
- Less expense than fat grafting, per treatment
If you’re consideringfacial rejuvenation, our staff at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston can help youdecide which type of treatment is right for you.