Sometimes no matter how well you protect your face from the sun or how disciplined you are when it comes to skin creams and moisturizers, there may come a day when the effects of aging can no longer go unaddressed. Facelift surgery can remove years off of your appearance and bring back a youthful glow and definition to your face. Facelift surgery is used to treat the lower and midface by removing excess skin and fat while smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, tightening facial muscle laxity, reversing jowls, and decreasing vertical banding on the neck. While facelift surgery on its own can noticeably smooth and return youthful contours, combining your facelift with facial fat grafting can upgrade your results from good to great.
What Is Fat Grafting?
The term “fat” often gets a bad rap. Since excess fat in areas such as our abdomen, thighs, and hips are often unwanted and highly difficult to eliminate, fat is typically thought of as a cringe-worthy word. However, there is a contraction of that thought in the area of facial fat. Facial fat is one of the responsible factors to keeping your face looking youthful. Fat itself is not a bad thing, it all comes down to where that fat is located.
As we age, the natural fat in our faces beings to dissolve, leaving sunken hollows in areas of the face that previously relied on its fullness. Commonly, these hollows occur in the cheek area, between the eyebrows, and under the eyes. While these hollows can be aided by the use of fillers, it can also be improved with the use of fat grafting. Fat grafting uses the fat that has been harvested from another area of your body through liposuction. It is then injected back into the desired areas of your face, like your cheeks. This process is safe, effective, and lasts longer than other types of treatments (such as fillers). An added benefit to fat grafting is that you can eliminate fat in areas that are harder to treat with normal diet and exercise.
How Can Combining Fat Grafting Help Me?
While facelift surgery can tighten skin and muscles, it cannot add fullness to areas that have experienced a loss of facial volume. This is where facial fat grafting comes in. By combining these procedures, you are not only improving the quality of your skin, but you are also returning your face to its youthful contours and fullness.