A beautiful face displays to the world more than graceful features — symmetry and balance are equally important. Aging gradually changes the elegant proportions of youth, as skin loses collagen, firmness and flexibility. When this happens, targeted fat transfer can restore this balance by shaping a lifted appearance in the cheeks, creating the illusion of higher cheekbones and a slimmer face.
Lifted Cheeks Enhance Proportion
Experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami offers the facial microfat transfer procedure as a convenient alternative to facelift and other more invasive surgical techniques. He uses your own fat cells and injects small amounts of these cells under the skin in the malar region, the upper cheek area below the rim of the eyes. By adding volume, cheeks appear lifted and the face looks slimmer.
Although facial fat transfers have been performed for many years, today’s technique is far more advanced than the procedures done decades ago. Those fat transfers sometimes created lumps and puffiness in the face. That is because the amount and type of fat used, along with the inexactitude of surgical instruments, made precise targeting of facial areas difficult.
Now skilled plastic surgeons such as Dr. Ghavami use “microfat,” a small-particle version of your body’s natural fat. Cells are prepared using special devices that filter and break down the fat that has been harvested from elsewhere in the body, using a liposuction technique.
Unlike temporary dermal fillers, fat cells become an integral part of your subdermal face. As long as they have access to the blood supply, these living cells will thrive wherever they have been placed. Depending on a number of factors, approximately one third of fat cells will be absorbed by the body after the microfat transfer procedure; the others will accommodate themselves to their new location perfectly, and become permanent fillers in the target areas. Based on your reabsorption rate, you may require a follow-up session in six months to fine-tune your new, rejuvenated look.
To learn more about fat transfer and other advanced procedures, schedule a consultation with experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami by calling (310) 275-1959 or emailing Ghavami Plastic Surgery today.