Whether we like it or not, the aging process will take a toll on all of us. One of the places where aging is most notable is our face. Cosmetic surgeons have a few ways they can help you gain your youthful appearance back: either with a facial implant or by fat grafting. Both methods have their pros and cons, which should be weighed carefully with the consultation of a board-certified plastic surgeon.
About fat grafting
Fat grafting is a relatively straightforward procedure where the doctor takes fat from a donor site and then transplants it into the areas of your face that need more volume. Typically, the fat will be removed from places like the stomach, inner thighs or the stomach. The best donor site varies greatly from person to person.
Once the fat is removed it is processed through a centrifuge to remove the water and blood. After that, the fat is then injected into the part/s of the face that need to have more shape. In most cases, some of the fat is reabsorbed by the body, so to compensate, the surgeon will inject more fat than necessary.
About facial implants
An alternative to fat grafting are facial implants. This procedure uses synthetic material to fill out the sunken areas of the facial features. These implants are most commonly used in the chin or cheek areas. They are placed under the skin and onto the bone, giving the face a much fuller look.
Most implants nowadays are made out of silicone or Gore-tex. Both materials are very sturdy and will last for many years. However, because they are synthetic material it’s very important to let the surgeon know if you have any allergies during your initial consultation to avoid potentially serious complications
Pros and cons of each
Using synthetic material for facial implants has decreased over the years because of the rise of other fillers. However, synthetic implants continue to be used because of their predictable, long-lasting results. Unlike fat grafting, implants will not get reabsorbed by the body, so the patient won’t have to come back for a follow-up procedure. Facial implants are also a better choice for those who might not have the necessary fat needed for liposuction.
Fat grafting, on the other hand, is relatively safe because the fat is coming from the same body. Allergies and other complications associated with synthetic implants aren’t present with fat grafting. Further, this procedure tends to produce “softer” results and is a better choice for smaller areas of the face.
The biggest downside to fat grafting is that the body does reabsorb some of the fat. This might mean you’ll need a follow-up procedure to inject more fat into the site.
Worried age is taking a toll on your face?
Do you think you’re a good candidate for facial implants or fat grafting? If the answer is yes, then call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons. Don’t let the signs of aging get in the way of living life.