Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting)

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Options for Lip Augmentation

There is something fulfilling about feeling confident in one’s appearance. For women, especially, facial contouring involves the lips. We can see the importance of full, symmetrical lips in the popularity of various lip augmentation treatments and lip kits that have been developed to give the illusion of natural fullness. In our Denver plastic surgery and medical spa, our patients have options for lip augmentation. We’ll discuss them here. 

Temporary Lip Augmentation

By and far, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers represent the large majority of lip treatments performed today. These temporary fillers enhance the shape of the mouth using smooth gel that attracts water molecules. Hyaluronic acid binds to these molecules to create soft, natural-looking shape. The results of lip injections may last 6 to 18 months and, when the filler is made of hyaluronic acid, the results of treatment are also reversible. 

Long-Lasting Lip Augmentation

After some time using temporary fillers, many patients want to see more long-term improvements. While fillers are advantageous for their own reasons, they may not last as long as some would like. In these cases, two options are available, fat transfer and lip implants. 

Fat transfer, or fat injections, are an excellent path toward naturally-augmented lips. To achieve outstanding results, the doctor first harvests fat from an area such as the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. The fat obtained through minimally-invasive liposuction is processed in a centrifuge to separate pure fat cells from other fluids. The purified fat is then injected into the body of the upper and lower lip as needed to create perfect volume and symmetry. 

Lip Implants

Patients interested in permanent lip augmentation may lean toward lip implants. This treatment has increased in popularity now that we are accustomed to the use of lip injections and crave longer lasting improvements without continual maintenance. Lip implants are solid models made of solid silicone (that can’t leak) or porous polyethylene plastic. Both materials are ultra-soft and preserve the natural feel and movement of the mouth. 

Which Lip Treatment is Right for You?

You may already know one thing, that thin, wrinkled lips aren’t doing you any favors. To take the next step in creating your perfect pout, contact our Denver office at (303) 839-1616. Dr. Fante can sit with you to discuss your ideal look and how we can get you there. 

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Will Fat Transfer Replace the Facelift?

Cosmetic surgery is a field of innovation. We enjoy watching the development of new treatments and procedures occur. In many cases, new techniques eventually make their way to our Denver office; but only after lengthy clinical studies have proven the efficacy and safety of any given process. One that we are pleased to provide to patients seeking facial rejuvenation is fat transfer or fat grafting. Though safe and effective, we also need to compare fat transfer to the traditional surgical lift to assure each patient the opportunity to look their best.

Something to Consider

Facial aging is largely about volume loss. As collagen degrades over time, the structure of superficial tissue changes. We may see this as flattening cheekbones, hollowness below the eyes or cheeks (or both), and the increased appearance of jowls at the sides of the jawline. When we perceive the full degree of structural decline as related to fat, it will make sense also to assume fat transfer is the answer.

Ultimately, we approach facial rejuvenation with the intent of achieving a very natural result. Just like synthetic dermal fillers can alter the natural appearance of the face and make you not look like you, so can fat. For example, if your face has always been on the thin side, the sudden appearance of full, round cheeks would seem out of place.

Age-related changes in the face are also related to deeper tissues that lose resiliency as collagen declines. Gravity has a greater effect on these subdermal tissues that usually sit snug against the bone structure. What cosmetic surgeons used to do was remove all excess tissue and suture the skin more tightly against the bone structure. This didn’t restore volume, though; it only made for a gaunt-looking face.

Addressing the Uniqueness of Every Face

Every face is unique. For this reason, a traditional facelift, with its tightening and removing, may not be the answer to aging. On the other hand, addressing volume loss and facial laxity by plumping the cheeks, jawline, and undereye areas may also diminish natural beauty. The best approach to facial rejuvenation, then, is to observe you’re natural facial contouring and take necessary action based on that. Many patients find that a slight lift or a lift combined with either fat grafting or dermal fillers is the solution that best meets their desire for long-term rejuvenation.

Contact our Denver office at (303) 839-1616 to learn more about fat grafting and facelift techniques.

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