What is facial fat transfer?
As we age, fat disappears and descends in the face, leading to a deflated appearance. The fullness of the cheek drops, elongating the lower lid and accentuating creasing of the face, possibly even accounting for dark circles of the lower lids. The area around the mouth, including the lips, may be thinned, creased or have irregular textures. Fat may be transferred from the abdomen, back or thighs to fill in lines and creases of the face and around the mouth and chin, or to provide more volume around the eyes and cheeks. Fat transfer is also a great solution for addressing facial asymmetry.
Fat adds both volume and a stem cell effect. Fullness associated with a more youthful appearance is achievable with added volume. Fat will also transport in a fountain of youth effect, stimulating factors that improve skin quality beyond just the addition of volume. This is seen with old acne scarring and porous skin.
Who is a good candidate for facial fat transfer?
Good candidates for facial fat transfer are men and women in good physical and mental health who have deflation and wrinkles of the face, lax and/or irregular skin texture, and a poorly defined neck and jawline. This also applies to individuals with significant weight loss who tend to look more aged with weight decrease.
This procedure may be combined with a facelift, a brow lift, blepharoplasty, or neck liposuction to rejuvenate the entire face and neck. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve your desired results.