Facial Fat Grafting vs. Dermal Fillers: Which Should You Choose?

Facial fat grafting

Dermal fillers and facial fat grafting are both used to add volume to the face. Issues that can be treated with these options include:

  • Under-eye hollowness
  • Droopy cheeks
  • Sunken temples
  • Fine lines
  • Deep wrinkles
  • Asymmetrical or undefined lips

Facial fat grafting can also eliminate acne and surgical scars and add volume to the space between the eyes.

Your Own Fat or Hyaluronic Acid?

For facial fat grafting, fat must be taken from another area of the body. Therefore, good candidates for this procedure must have an area of the body with excess fat accumulations to obtain the donor material. Fat grafting may not be an option for patients who do not have sufficient fat elsewhere in the body.

At Beauty by Brueck, we offer dermal fillers from JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, both of which use hyaluronic acid (HA) as their main ingredient. HA is naturally produced by the body and essential to full, soft, and youthful-looking skin. Once injected, these fillers stimulate collagen and elastin production, helping to create pleasing results for several months irrespective of how much fat is present elsewhere in the body.

Results from facial fat grafting are immediate, but may take several months to finalize. However, once results have been fully realized, they can last for years. Dermal fillers might also produce immediate results, with maximum improvement around two to three weeks. However, results from dermal fillers will only last for six to eighteen months, depending on where they were injected. They will necessitate touch-up treatments at regularly spaced intervals to ensure continuous results.

There is no “Single Solution

Every person is unique. No “single solution” will prove beneficial for every need. If you are concerned with skin laxity, volume loss, and other signs of aging, it is best to discuss your concerns with Dr. Robert Brueck to learn about your options. A board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Brueck offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options. Call our office at 239-939-5233 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Dr. Brueck welcomes patients living throughout Florida at our Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, and Fort Myers locations.

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