Facial fat transfers are increasing in popularity – especially in combination with face-lift surgeries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that in 2016, facial fat transfers – alone or in conjunction with face-lift surgeries – increased by 13 percent over 2015. Dr. Peterson uses fat to enhance the face-lift procedure and give patients powerful anti-aging benefits.
Say What? You Want to Take Fat From Where and Put it in My Face?
Fat transfers are pretty much exactly how they sound. The procedure involves taking fat through liposuction from an area you don’t want fat, like the thigh or abdomen, and transferring it to another place in your body or your face.
Why Would I Want to Put Fat in My Face?
The fat that goes into your face replaces the fat you’ve lost over the years because of aging, leaving your skin plumped up and resistant to further sagging. It also stimulates collagen production, which further tightens your skin and smooths out wrinkles and lines.
More Benefits of Fat for Your Face
Fat also contains stem cells, which have potent healing properties. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells, which means they haven’t been developed into a particular type of tissue just yet. When transferred from one area of the body to another, stem cells develop into the kind of tissue that needs to be regenerated, like skin.
Not only can they regenerate infinitely to make new, healthy cells, but they can also help speed up the healing process from your face-lift procedure. Stem cells are full of growth factors, which are powerful, chemical “text messages” that signal the body to send healing proteins, nutrients, oxygen and blood to the surgical area to begin healing the body.
Most people only need one fat transfer to see anti-aging benefits. If you would like to learn more about facial fat transfer and how it can enhance your face-lift surgery, call Dr. Peterson at 785-234-9000.