From Fat to Fabulous! What You Need to Know about the New Fat Injection Facelift
As we age, many of us begin to lose fullness in our face just as we seem to increase the fullness of our thighs and waist line. What if that unwanted body fat could be transferred to our face to eliminate lines and wrinkles – giving us back a more youthful look?
Yes, this can now be accomplished!
It’s called the Fat Injection Facelift, and yes, it’s offered at Dr. Shapiro’s office. Here’s how it works:
Adult stem cells are extracted from a patient’s abdomen or rear using a blunt needle and transferred to the face to transform the skin and tissue. The Fat Injection Facelift can be performed on patients who have wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, hollowness, or an overall tired look to their skin.
Immediately, fat cells fill and smooth out wrinkles and skin imperfections. And over time, the stem cells activate, becoming part of the facial tissue. Unlike with other injectable face lift solutions, the Fat Injection Facelift is permanent. So, there are ultimately fewer return visits and touch-ups required. This procedure can be performed by itself or in conjunction with a surgical facelift.
Dr. Timothy Marten, a San Francisco plastic surgeon who pioneered facial fat injections more than 15 years ago and has written extensively on the subject of facelifts, has long believed that lifting and tightening could not fix all of the problems associate with an aging face.
“For 50 years, surgeons have been debating the best way to do a facelift, says Marten. “Asking ‘Where should we put the incisions; should we do a mid-facelift or a suture lift? I think fat injections have made these questions moot points.”
However, Dr. Marten, also points out in an article in Modern Medicine that fat injections require surgeons to have more of an artistic sensibility. He predicts that surgeons who are not adding fat injections to their facelift armamentarium will soon not be able to compete with colleagues who are using them.
Want to learn more? Patients are raving about this new procedure, and appointments for consultation are booking up quickly. To schedule your appointment, call us today at 480-451-1700.