Cosmetic procedures are rising in popularity and recent statistics show that procedures that have long-lasting results are gaining momentum. One of these long-lasting procedures is a facelift that uses fat grafting. Facial fat grafting, a popular procedure in Newport Beach, Orange County, is an innovative technique that incorporates a three-dimensional approach to facial rejuvenation. While many conventional facelifts involve the removal of sagging skin, this procedure involves the augmentation of supporting facial structures.

Aging Face

Facial aging is a result of volume loss and sagging on a holistic level. Often times this aspect of facial aging is overlooked. In a similar way, facial bones and cartilages lose volume and fat grafting procedures seek to restore volume to these underlying facial structures, resulting in a more youthful and healthy appearance.

As the face starts to age, it takes on the appearance of a funnel, with the broadest area being the lower part of the face. Here, the face becomes widest along the jaw line with the formation of jowls, while the cheek areas taper up due to loss of volume, resulting in a sagging appearance of the upper face. Owing to this loss of volume, deep facial folds, wrinkles, and hollows become more pronounced. Specific areas include the areas around the eye, the cheeks, the lines of the corner of the nose, and the mouth. Fat grafting techniques are used to build up these areas to restore the natural youthful foundation of the face. Building volume with fat grafts smooths out wrinkles and folds, while cheeks and hollows are plumped to provide a healthier and more youthful facial appearance.

Fat Grafting Process 

The use of autologous fat, or a patient’s own fatty tissue, as filler is widely recognized as one of the most fundamental materials for use in facial and body augmentation. Fat can become a natural filler that can be harvested at a very low risk of allergic reaction and at no risk of disease transmission. Fat is also readily available, making it a low-cost alternative to synthetic transdermal substances. Patients need not worry about how much filler they are using because fat is harvested directly from their own body at no extra cost by their Orange County cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Tavoussi.