How do you feel about fat injections (taken from one’s own body) to the face? Are they a good alternative to fillers?
Today, we have many choices for facial fillers. Fat transfers can soften the lines using your own fat from a different area of your body (typically your hips, buttocks, or abdomen). It can be used to plump lips, fill in cheeks and improve facial contours. Since it is your own fat you can’t be allergic to it and last longer than other fillers- about 50% of the fat stays permanently where it was injected.
Another option to improve facial appearance is what I like to call the “Liquid Facelift”. By combining the use of fillers (such as Radiesse and Juvederm) and Botox, fine lines are softened and facial contour is improved leaving the patient looking more youthful with no down time.
The small volumes of autologous (your own) fat used to fill out the folds between the brows, or the nasolabial folds, or other small regions of the face usually works well in experienced hands. While repeat therapies are still typical because of atrophy of some of the injected fat volume, the fat that remains at six months is there for good.
Dan Downey MD FACS
Downey Plastic Surgery
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