Facial Fat Transfer and Implants

Restoring Facial Volume

One of the most significant changes that make us look older is the loss of youthful volume to areas of the face. Restoring this natural volume is a key tool to produce a natural, long lasting facial rejuvenation. Volume restoration can help to improve the balance of facial proportions and symmetry, improve wrinkles, and elevate depressed scars. There are three primary methods of restoring facial volume.

Facial Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting)

Fat transfer (also known as fat grafting) is now commonly used, most frequently alongside other surgical rejuvenation procedures such as facelift. The fat grafting procedure involves collecting fat from one area of the body using gentle liposuction and then re-injecting the fat into areas that are deficient, such as deep wrinkles, flattened cheeks, or sunken temples. The fat is inserted using very thin cannulas that provide fine control to position the fat cells and allow them to thrive in their new location so that the majority of the fat will remain to provide lasting results.

Facial Implants

Facial implants can be used to enhance facial contours and augment the boney structures of the face. They are most commonly used to enhance chin projection or accentuate cheek prominence. Like fat grafts, facial implants can be combined with other surgical procedures.

Physicians and their patients can select from several types of implants made from a variety of materials. Implants are inserted after a small incision is made in the desired area, leaving a small scar that eventually fades.

Facial Fillers

There is also a non-surgical way to enhance facial volume through the use of dermal fillers. Different fillers work in different ways and are used in different parts of the face. Sculptra (TM) is often used to provide increased volume to the cheek or temple areas, while hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm can add volume under wrinkles or closer to the eye region.

Your Emory Aesthetic Center surgeon can discuss with you all the options to restore facial volume and how to integrate volume restoration with an overall plan for care of your face.

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