Fat Transfer at Cosmetic Surgery Associates

Fat Transfer is one of the most popular and common procedures we perform at Surgery. It is essentially the cornerstone of our facial rejuvenation program. The main reason for this is that it is extremely effective and the results are permanent. We perform this procedure alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelifts and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). The key to success is highly based on the surgeon's experience and technical abilities. Dr. Piña is among the most experienced fat transfer surgeons in the country.

Fat Transfer
The Problem: As we age, the layer of fat under our facial skin begins to thin. This causes the face to look deflated and drawn when compared to the full roundness of a younger face. Especially around the eyes, hollows and contour changes leave the face looking older and more tired. Volume loss is one of the earliest signs of aging. It starts to occur in the mid 30's and continues to progress. Until recently, this component of facial aging was overlooked. We are now realizing what a major contribution volume makes to looking younger, healthier and more energetic.

Sculptra is used to treat the same problems as mentioned above. It is not a true filler. It is a unique product that is actually works by stimulating collagen production in the deep layers of the skin. The results are similar to fat transfer hence the term "fat in a bottle." The treatments are performed in the office setting. It takes 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The changes occur slowly, leaving friends and loved ones wondering what is responsible for this positive change. We also use Scultpra as part of our Liquid Facelift technique.
I often recommend this for patients who are very thin and don't have enough body fat to allow for successful fat transfer. Or for patients who simply choose this approach over fat transfer once they've heard the pro's and con's for each treatment.

Restylane/Perlane and Juvederm
These are true fillers. They consist of Hyaluronic Acid, a natural product aboundent in our body. Unlike fat transfer and sculptra, which are often used to treat broad areas of facial volume loss, these products are used to target specific discrete areas. For example, the nasolabial folds (cheek folds), lips, and corners of the mouth are common areas for treatment. More advanced uses of these products are for treatment of the hollows and grooves around the eyes. The results are excellent and last between 6-9 months, depending on the treatment site.



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