In these photos, you can see how a lower face lift combined with facial fat transfer has erased the early jowling and sagging neck to restore her smooth, slim-lined neck and jawline, while volume restoration in her mid-face and cheeks gives her a youthful, beautiful, bright-eyed appearance. And, all of this is accomplished while maintaining a natural, unoperated appearance. A conservative rhinoplasty was also performed. Case 2: Obtaining a natural look is all about balancing individual features so that the overall facial aesthetic just looks right. You can see here that deprojecting the nose and augmenting the chin creates a profile that is stronger and substantially more balanced. Fat transfer to the under-eye area in this case contributes to a more youthful appearance. A scar under the right eye is also much improved with fat transfer alone. Case 3: This model was finding that her head shots were requiring touch up in certain angles because of the natural hollowing beneath her eyes.
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Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since , Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More. One of the changes that occurs with ageing is the loss of facial volume due to facial fat loss. This can start to occur even in your thirties. Ironically, ageing and facial fat loss is often accompanied by an increasing difficulty in reducing unwanted body fat. Naturally, the remedy for this may be to transfer some of this fat back towards the face with facial fat transfer.
What Can Facial Fat Transfer Do for Me?
Injectable dermal fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars. Some patients may want to consider fat injections , which use fat harvested from the patient's own body which can then be re-injected to enhance facial fullness, fill creases or build up shallow contours. A "donor area" must be determined such as the abdomen or buttocks and liposuction is used to extract the fat. The suctioned fat can then be transferred to the face, as a graft. The grafted fat then has to redevelop a blood supply in order to survive. In the face, most of the transferred fat usually survives, but the results can be a bit less predictable. Typically, multiple fat transfer procedures will be needed to achieve desired results. The use of fat transfer involves additional discomfort in the donor area.
While most people think that the most significant signs of aging are wrinkling and sagging skin, one of the major underlying causes of these problems is something else: facial volume loss. This loss of facial volume can lead to accentuation of the bony contours of the temples and around the eyes and can make the cheeks look flatter and less full. Only in the last decade has the impact of decreased facial volume on the appearance of aging become fully recognized. Facial contour and definition are determined by genetics, which is why some people have prominent chins and cheekbones, while others have a rounder face with softer features.