Fat Transfer: A Vital Component of a Face Lift

Patients at my plastic surgery practice in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA, area are often curious about the components of a face lift procedure. Most face lift candidates will be familiar with the “lifting” part of the procedure, which addresses skin laxity, wrinkling and sagging.

However, many patients are unaware of an equally important consideration in performing a face lift: facial volume restoration. No surgeon (or patient) should underestimate the role of facial fullness in a healthy, vibrant, natural looking face lift result. Fat transfer is an effective way to replenish facial volume and youthful contours.

What Does Fat Transfer Accomplish?

Facial volume loss is a natural by-product of aging. Loss of fullness in the face can add years to your appearance by creating hollows beneath the cheekbones and creating a bottom-heavy face shape. I use fat transfer to reverse this type of effect, giving the face a naturally fuller look that is more oval than square.

To achieve fat transfer to the face, I often use pre-adipocyte stem cells – the origin of fat cells – accessed from elsewhere in the patient’s body. Once injected into areas of volume loss in the face, these cells become mature fat cells, creating volume and contributing to a smoother, firmer face.

Skin rejuvenation through surgery and CO2 laser skin resurfacing are also extremely important in creating youthful facial skin. But volume restoration from fat transfer creates the foundation of a youthful contour – and in doing so, ensures an optimal result.

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