If you want to reduce wrinkles and fill in sunken cheeks, there are a few ways to accomplish your goals. Liposuction and fat transfer surgery is a popular technique for improving your facial contours. A growing number of people in Mission Viejo, CA, are now choosing to take unwanted fat from areas like the abdomen or thighs and transfer it to the face to create a youthful appearance.
So, how does fat grafting compare to less invasive options like dermal fillers? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Milanes compares these two treatments, so you can make an informed decision about what's right for your needs. Call the experts at Luminary MD to schedule your assessment and learn more about our processes.
How does a fat transfer work?
A fat transfer uses liposuction techniques to remove body fat from one area before it's injected into other areas. Fat can be restored in the face, or places like the breasts and buttocks. Treatment can add volume to sunken areas, fill in wrinkles, and reduce folds and creases that make you feel self-conscious. Most patients require local anesthesia so they can be comfortable during the process.
What about dermal fillers?
Instead of using your own natural fat, dermal fillers require a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid to increase volume and plump up the skin, usually in the face. Dermal filler injections are easy to perform and provide immediate results. With fillers, there's no pain or extended time in recovery. As an added bonus, dermal filler injections are considerably more cost-effective than fat transfers.
How long does each treatment last?
While some fat is expected to dissolve during recovery, the results of fat transfer surgery can last for years. Liposuction and fat grafting can keep your facial contours looking refreshed and rejuvenated as long as you want, if you continue to maintain your weight. The team at Luminary MD can provide simple but effective tips for patients in Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and Costa Mesa, CA for keeping their new contours long-term.
Dermal fillers are designed to be a temporary solution for volume loss. They typically last anywhere from 3 – 6 months or up to a year, depending on the formula chosen and the amount administered. You'll need to return for follow-up sessions throughout the year to keep your outcomes fresh and gorgeous.
So, which is the right choice for me?
If you want a short recovery time and immediate results, you'll probably prefer dermal filler injections compared to fat transfers. But if you're looking for lasting outcomes, fat transfer surgery may be the better option. The team at Luminary MD can provide the information you need to decide which is best for your needs when you come in for a consultation.
Transform your features
Fat transfer is an innovative new procedure that has increased in popularity recently. While fat grafting can last for years, some people do still choose less invasive procedures. If you’re unsure which cosmetic treatment can improve your facial contours and remove issues like fine lines and hollow areas, call Luminary MD for a consultation with Dr. Robert Milanes. Our Mission Viejo, CA clinic is proud to help patients love their results.