Fat transfer remains a valuable option for patients desiring a more natural improvement in facial contour and fullness.
Fat transfer uses your own tissue as a graft to improve facial volume and contour. Often patients are seeking facial and dermal fillers which provide temporary improvement at a significant cost with side effects such as delayed swelling or an unnatural look. Fat transfer is an alternative that reduces these complications (although it has it’s own risks ). Fat can be transferred into the cheeks, cheek bone area, temples, eyelids, lips and lower face (marionette lines).
Fat is harvested from your abdomen or hips using local anesthetic It is then processed and transferred to small syringes which are used to inject the fat into the desired areas. The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia depending on patient and surgeon preference.
Fat is transferred as a graft. This means it does not have its own blood supply, and the expectation is that it will develop its own blood supply in order to become permanent. Some of the fat will not survive. Typically patients can expect 40 – 50 percent of the fat to survive the transfer process. Once the fat has taken, the result is permanent. This is in contrast to most dermal fillers which are temporary. In general, fat that does not take simply disappears. Rarely, it can form lumps or calcifications.
Contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Zeff to determine the best approach to provide natural correction to facial volume loss.
Anyone considering a facelift undoubtedly has many questions as to the nature of the procedure and the associated downtime. Here we hope to address some common questions and concerns.
1. What exactly is a facelift?
The facelift is well recognized as the gold standard of facial rejuvenation. Like many procedures, the term facelift has broad meaning that varies according to a surgeon’s technique and aesthetic. In general terms, a facelift refers to the lifting and tightening of the facial skin and underlying connective tissues and muscles (called the SMAS).There are many ways of approaching the skin and the SMAS, and each surgeon masters techniques that work best for him/her.
It is important for you to discuss your goals with your surgeon. Some patients desire a more pulled look while others desire a more natural and subtle rejuvenation.Different techniques can yield the results that you desire.
2. Can I achieve the same results with filler or Botox?
Botox and filler are great adjuncts in the treatment of facial aging; however, they will not provide the same lift as a facelift nor do they offer the same longevity.
In our practice we focus on a fill and lift technique. We often combine the tightening advantages of a facelift with volumizing effectsoffat injection using your own fat tissue. This filling enhances youthful rejuvenation especially of the cheeks(also known as your malar region).
3. How long will my recovery be?
Patients are often surprised by how quickly they recover following a facelift.We tell our patients to expect to have mild to moderate bruising for one week and mild swelling for up to two weeks.Most people feel comfortable going out to eat and driving their car at the one-week point, but prefer not to truly socialize until the two-week mark.
There will be stitches in front of and behind your ears. These stitches are removed in stages with the first set of stitches removed at about one week and the second set at about two weeks.
4. What are the risks of a facelift?
The main risks associated with facelift are injury to a nerve, hematoma or bleeding, difficulties healing, and the possibility of dissatisfaction.
There are many things you can do to limit your risks. It is important not to take blood thinners such as aspirin prior to your surgery and to make sure you have good control of your blood pressure. Furthermore, smoking has been associated with significant complications in facelift surgery. In our practice, we do not offer this procedure to smokers.
With respect to dissatisfaction, patients must manage expectations and understand that it is impossible to predict how long the results of a facelift will endure. Some patients can expect 10 or more years of consistent lift, while others somewhat less. The longevity is primarily dependent on skin elasticity, which is a function of genetic makeup and environmental exposures.
5. What else can be done at the same time as a facelift to maximize my results?
While a facelift can dramatically improve the laxity of the face and the restoration of youthful shape, it does not necessarily address the texture of the skin itself.Fine lines and areas of discoloration often require resurfacing procedures. Deep facial resurfacing can address issues of hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles, particularly around the mouth. In addition, rejuvenation of the eyes(blepharoplasty) is also often considered.
To learn more about the facelift and mini-facelift options in our practice, call (603) 775-7444 and schedule your consultation today.
Volbella is an FDA approved ultra smooth gel filler from Juvéderm that is used to decrease lines and wrinkles on the face. The smooth formula is injected with fine needles to give the lips a natural look and feel. Volbella is developed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, so that treatment is less painful and uncomfortable. It is primarily used to target the areas around the mouth, such as smoker’s lines and marionette lines, and to shape and plump the lips for increased symmetry and volume. It can be used to reduce the appearance of under eye hollows, also known as tear troughs, by adding volume back to the areas where it may have been lost due to aging.
The procedure typically takes no longer than 10-15 minutes.Since the swelling and bruising is minimal, there is very little downtime following the treatment. The results of Volbella often last for up to 12 months.Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.