Fat injection reduces wrinkles and creases and plumps up areas that have lost volume as an outcome of surgery, injury, aging or other causes. Transplanted fat that originates from the patient him- or herself does not carry a risk of allergic reaction or rejection. Further advantages include short recovery time, no scars and usually long-lasting results if the fat injection prcedure has been done correctly.
Structural micro fat grafting can also be utilised to correct many other deformities such as hemifacial atrophy, problems caused by previous liposuction and cleft palate. Fat grafting is presently being used as an ancillary procedure to a facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, forehead lift, and breast augmentation.
Sydney plastic surgery offers lipofilling (fat injection) using “structural microfat grafting technique” to the following area: face, Brow, Upper Eyelids & Temples, Chin and Jaw line, Nasolabial Folds / Marionette Grooves, Cheekbones & Eyelids, Lip Augmentation, Neck, Correction of Acne scarring, Body, Hands and Liposuction deformities.
Face Fat Injection
The core reasons for enhancing structure to the face are to replenish atrophied tissues and to enhance facial elements or proportion. The common goal of both of these indications is to produce a more harmonious and aesthetically appealing proportion of the face.
As we age and lose the plumpness of youth, our face literally gets smaller. The skin remains the same size, however without the underlying structure, your skin retreats into wrinkles. As the lost structure under the skin is restored with fat injection, the wrinkles will diminish.
Enhancing facial proportion
With aging, the cheeks chin, jaw, forehead, etc. reduce in size. The fat, muscle and connective tissues atrophy or melt away, leaving behind unsupported skin. As the support underlying the skin vanishes, the skin falls into wrinkles and folds. As the cheek becomes smaller, bags under the eyes become more prominent. As the jawline and chin lose their prominence, jowls appear. As the youthful fullness of the brow and upper eyelid dissipates, an empty sack of skin is left behind.
Since shrinkage of the subcutaneous tissues is the key manifestation of aging, replacement of the atrophied tissue with “Structural Microfat grafting technique” is the best method of rejuvenation. Diffusely augmenting the structure of the forehead, cheeks, mouth, chin and jaw line restores the fullness of youth.
Traditional plastic surgery has recognised the signs of aging – wrinkles, bags, jowls and folds. Most cosmetic surgeries have tried to eliminate these signs of aging. Unfortunately, they do not take into account how people looked when they were younger. Consequently, the end result of a facelift or eye tuck is that while the person may be tighter, they do not look like they did when they were young. With little exceptions, traditional plastic surgery revolves around a single solution to the challenges of augmentation and rejuvenation – cutting away fat, skin or muscle, instead of tightening and shortening by excision of unsupported skin.
Dr Barnouti pays specific attention to volumetric restoration of the face and body with living filler (your own fat), correcting asymmetry and restoring the fullness of youth, naturally and subtly. Eliminating wrinkles alone does not necessarily create the youth. Replacing fullness to a face restores youth.
Brow, Upper Eyelids & Temples
A specific fullness of the brow, upper eyelid, and the temple region is fundamental for a healthy and sensual appearance. Fullness characterises the young brow, cheek, and temple. As the fullness of youth disappears, the structures underneath emerge. In the upper face, it is the shape of the skull and the rims around the eyes. The blood vessels are no longer concealed by fullness and become more visible. The muscles of facial expressions are more noticeable because the youthful fullness no longer impedes their intrinsic tone. This creates a frowning or scowling appearance in many older people. The eyebrow descends with loss of fullness from the forehead, temple, and brow.
As fullness vanishes from the upper eyelid and brow, their eyes may become more deep set and skeletal. In others, the lack of fullness results in an empty sac of skin sagging where the fullness previously was present.
Through “structural microfat grafting technique”, Sydney Plastic Surgery is able to restore the brow, upper eyelids, and temples to more youthful and healthy proportions.
Chin and Jaw line (Face Fat Injection)
A sculpted, well-contoured jaw line is the assurance of a youthful appearance. Actors, models, and athletes are admired for their sharply defined jaw lines. It is the loss of the fullness in the jaw line and chins that heralds the first signs of aging. As the underlying fullness is reduced, the face deflates. The skin remains the same size, however without the underlying fullness and support, the emptied skin drapes around the underlying structures of the face.
Structural micro fat grafting technique can play a significant role in reversing these aging changes.
Dr Barnouti, Sydney Plastic Surgeon, through “structural microfat grafting technique”, can restructure the jaw line and chin to strengthen its appearance. We also restore fullness between the chin and the fat of the jowl, thereby changing facial proportion to project a more cleanly sculpted profile.
Nasolabial Folds / Marionette Grooves
The nasal labial folds and marionette grooves convey powerful emotions. Aging can develop negative and fixed changes in facial expression. As the face ages, it loses its fullness accompanying youth. As the skin around the mouth loses its fullness, the unsupported skin sinks into fold, wrinkles, and creases. As these folds become more prominent, unintentional emotional expressions can become permanent on the face.
With fat transfer, Sydney Plastic Surgery can soften the nasal labial folds back to a younger state. The key to the fat grafting to the naso-labial folds and marionette grooves is in the placement over an area to improve support to the facial structures.
Cheek bones & Eyelids
Fat fillers to the cheek and lower eyelid can restore fullness, soften wrinkles and crow’s feet, reduces pore size and lighten lower eyelid darkness. Cheek Augmentation with fat grafting produce natural and attractive results in proportion to facial aesthetics. This is very frequently requested by people who desire more angular and higher cheeks. It is also indicated for people with fat atrophy related to aging and to improve on the quality of acne scars. This technique is also useful for concealing obvious silicone implants, minimizing the appearance of bulging eyes, correction of facial lypodystrophy and congenital deformities.
The primary indications for lip augmentation are aging and a patient’s desire for a correction of facial proportion. As a person ages, the lips lose their fullness. The goal of lip augmentation is to create attractive, pouty lips. By using a “Structural microfat grafting technique”, we are able to increase the surface area of the lip. The changes that happen with the aging of the lower lip are dramatic. Along with the shrinkage in volume of the lower lip, wrinkling of the upper lip is practically always considerably worse. Restoring lip fullness with fat filler will result in a more youthful appearance. Sydney Plastic Surgery follows a special technique that recognises that the lip has certain contours that must be respected and enhanced in order to create aesthetically appealing changes in shape and volume.
A full, taunt neck is one of the signs of youth and beauty. With age subdermal fullness disappears and the skin texture gradually deteriorates, leaving behind unsupported, crepy skin. When structural fullness is added to the neck, it offers underlying support to the skin to restore a more youthful fullness. Recontouring of the neck with structural micro fat injection can deliver further enhancement by concealing prominent neck cartilages.
Correction of scaring. Acne scars, Burn scars and Trauma/Accident scars.
Aging and scaring both erode the structures under the skin to leave behind an emptier sack of skin, which is suitable to filling and restructuring with your own fat. The years of smouldering infections, ulceration and abscesses related to scars destroy the normal supporting foundations under the skin. The resulting scar of the skin is only the “tip of the iceberg.” The subcutaneous structures devastated by chronic process needs to be restored to enact a healthy appearance to these ravaged faces. Scars treated by only altering the skin are incompletely treated. Restructuring immediately under the skin restores texture to the skin. As imperative, replacing the volume of tissue loss in the forehead, cheeks, jaw line and chin due to scar can restore a normal proportion of the face.
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
Plastic surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries inherent risks and potential complications.
Please read our Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery page.
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