Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting)

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Is Facial Fat Grafting Better Than Fillers?

Beautiful brunette spa girl with glowing hydrated facial skin touching healthy palm. Appearance is an important aspect of wellness, and with this in mind, you might be torn between choosing fat grafting or fillers for facial rejuvenation. Aging is inevitable. It gets to a point where you look in the mirror and notice that you don’t look young anymore. Luckily, advances in cosmetic dermatology have made it possible to deal with some common facial aging symptoms.

So, when comparing facial fat grafting and fillers, which facial rejuvenation treatment procedure suits you?

Facial Fat Grafting

If you’re overly concerned about a lack of or a loss of fullness in your face, facial grafting is a better option than facial fillers. Facial grafting is a surgical procedure where liposuction treatment is done on a section of your body to harvest fat which is then transferred to facial areas in need of volume.

Some of the perks of facial fat grating include significant volume restoration, improved skin tone and texture, wrinkle reduction, and fewer side effects than facial fillers.

Facial Fillers

Facial fillers are a great option if you have deep wrinkles. The procedure can also help to improve facial volume and ensure you look refreshed. The treatment involves injecting biocompatible gels into your skin to smoothen and reduce signs of aging temporarily. Facial fillers also help in improving facial contour deficiencies.

Dr. Robert Fante is a board-certified surgeon with profound experience in offering patients treatment options to achieve their appearance goals. Depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Fante will advise you on the best facial treatment that suits your needs.

It all comes down to your appearance goals when deciding whether to go for facial fat grafting or fillers. Expert advice from Dr. Fante will help you choose the right plan that works for you in the long run.

If you want to know more about facial surgery and how it can help reduce some of the aging signs on your face, contact Dr. Robert Fante at 303-839-1616 or visit www.drfante.com. He offers his services in Denver, Colorado.

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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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