For the past several years, facial rejuvenation was limited only to non-invasive procedures like skin resurfacing using lasers and peels, and surgical facelift. However, the options have increased massively over the past few years. Newer options such as muscle relaxation via Botox, and restoring the facial volume via fat injection have emerged.
Over the years, gravity pulls everything down and we also lose baby fat as we age. But now things have changed. Cosmetic surgeons can now reverse the signs of aging by adding volume to the face giving you a refreshed overall appearance.
Let’s see how it is done!
Two Most Commonly Used Methods
Facial volume can be restored via two most popular and effective methods known as fillers and fat grafting.
The first option is to use off-the-shelf materials. For instance; hyaluronic acid, lactic acid (Sculptra) or any other kinds of fillers. Mainly, Botox restricts the muscle movement and reduces the appearance of aging signs while imparting volume where needed. It is a simple and quick procedure which hardly takes 30 minutes for completion and gives amazing results. The results may last for up to 2 years.
Another popular way to restore facial volume is via fat grafting. Fat can be harvested from any area of your choice whether abdomen or the thighs. You can think of this technique as a gentler version of liposuction. The harvested fat requires minimal processing followed by re-injection into the face. It is a much more natural approach as it involves the person’s own fat.
Fat Grafting vs. Fillers
Both of them are amazing techniques and work equally well. The choice is dependent on what a patient is looking for and the preferences of the surgeon as well. Fat transfer is certainly a very demanding procedure which requires a highly experienced surgeon. On the other hand, Botox is not as permanent as fat grafting. They both are suitable for targeting varying problem areas. For injections around the eyes, most surgeons prefer fillers; mainly hyaluronic acid ones.
Similarly, if one requires extreme enhancement in the volume of their cheeks, fat grafting is recommended. Fat grafting lasts a lifetime while the use of fillers requires constant maintenance. Moreover, if you are not sure what kind of look you want, you might not want to try fat grafting. Initially, test the waters via fillers and then go back with fat grafting.
It’s a Case-By-Case Decision
So, when to use fat grafting and when to use fillers? As mentioned earlier, it depends. It’s a case-by-case decision to determine the best protocol for each patient. And, only a surgeon can recommend you the most suitable solution after a consultation.
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