How Adding or Removing Fat Can Help a Facelift

One interesting and advanced technique we use for plastic surgery at our Palm Springs-area practice is to make adjustments to facial fat during a facelift. A traditional facelift addresses lax muscles and excess skin, but we find it can also be very effective to remove facial fat using liposuction or to add it via a fat transfer from elsewhere on a patient’s body.

Facial liposuction: Removing excess fat and tissue in the neck area is an excellent method for creating a firmer, more youthful appearance. This process is perfect for patients with a sagging or drooping facial appearance that can’t be addressed without surgery. Often, we then use this fat to enhance other areas of the face.

Fat transfer: I almost always include fat transfer (grafting) during a facelift and neck lift. Removing excess skin and tightening underlying muscles address skin laxity and facial sagging, but patients typically also need increased volume for a more youthful appearance. Using fat from another area of the body, I augment areas of the face including cheeks and the area directly below the eyes. This provides an immediate solution for a hollowed appearance. Additionally, laser treatments improve blood supply and increase collagen production for long-lasting results.

The use of facial liposuction or fat transfer during a facelift requires the skills of an experienced plastic surgeon. It’s important that patients spend time finding a doctor who possesses special training to customize treatments.

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