As we all age there are certain things we will all have in common. Most people as they age will first show signs of advanced aging in their faces. The classic jowl formation, bands in our neck and a significant loss of soft tissue in our face. How to fill in this tissue loss is a big point of discussion in facial rejuvenation. I prefer to use your own tissues if I can, they’re more plentiful, natural and will last much longer. For many women fillers are an alternative but they are very expensive, in my opinion, relative to fat. If someone is unsure if they will like a “fuller” look then fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane are great because they will go away after several months and all will be normal again. Fat is natural and most people have a little extra fat hanging around. In most cases I remove the fat from a patients abdomen. Now this procedure can be done under local or with sedation depending on how much fat needs to be harvested. We have small cannulas attached to a small syringe and we gently remove the fat. The fat is washed and/or centrifuged and then injected. In some of my cases I will inject over 100 cc’s of fat. Let’s just see how cost effective that is. So if we did 100 cc’s of say Juvederm at $600.00 for 1 cc we have a cost of $60,000.00. Quite a lot where as the cost for 100 cc’s of fat might be around $3000.00-$3500.00. Quite a big savings. Also keep in mind the juvederm or the filler will fade in time where as fat remains but remember you will continue to age and part of the aging process is loss of soft tissue. Many times patients will return in 2-4 years and get additional fat grafting done to their face. Fat grafting has become an integral part of my face lifting technique. I probably do fat grafting on 70-90% of my facelift patients. It is also important to understand that not all the fat I transplant will survive. In my experience I would say 40-80% of the fat survives and by the end of 3 or 4 months, what you see is what you get. Some of my patients will have truly remarkable changes based on the degree of soft tissue atrophy. It is a remarkable procedure, and truly “all” natural. Call my office at (239) 244-2329 to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY consultation.
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