From the Desk of Dr. Chu:
Have you ever wanted your filler to last just a little bit longer? What about those pesky wrinkles on your cheeks that don’t seem to improve no matter what cream you use. If I’ve got your attention, read on to learn about an exciting procedure to give you rejuvenating long-lasting results.
Most fillers are hyaluronic acid-based that mimic the natural collagen your body produces but unfortunately at some point metabolize and disappear. Fat grafting is a procedure where you use your own native fat to replace lost facial volume from aging and weight loss. Fat is commonly harvested from the abdomen and flanks and then can be processed to be reinjected into the face. It can be used to volumize the cheeks, under eye area, lips, nasolabial folds, temples and more. Areas that are commonly used for filler most often can be fat grafted.
After the procedure, you may experience bruising and swelling but usually this resolves in 3-4 days. Fat grafting is a long-term alternative to filler and usually lasts for at least 5 years, if there are not significant weight changes. I commonly employ this technique with a face lift to enhance the results. Fat grafting will make dermal changes to the skin that cause heavy wrinkles to appear smoother and softer. The synergistic effects of a facelift with fat grafting can be transformative. While the facelift will tighten facial muscles and ligaments, the fat will volumize and smooth the skin that ordinary filler cannot achieve alone. Schedule a consultation at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about this exciting technique!