While many people jump at the newest fad diet or search the internet for the ideal exercises to trim the inches away, other people look at their faces and wonder, “Why is my face so thin?” Fat is a bizarre thing. We all have it, and the majority of us search for ways to get rid of it in places like the abdomen and thighs. However, when considering your facial features, fat is necessary for looking youthful, rejuvenated, and happy. So, is fat good or bad? In truth, it can be both, and now there is an ideal way to handle some of that unwanted fat by using fat transfer. Instead of cringing at the word “fat,” you can use it to your advantage.
Losing Facial Volume
As you age, your body produces less collagen, and your skin loses its elasticity. At the same time, the evenly distributed and full facial fat that you once had breaks down, clumps together, shifts, and leaves you with hollowness around the cheeks as well as deep wrinkles and thin lips. This process not only ages you, but it can also make you appear tired, sad, or angry.
Address Two Areas at Once
Fat transfer is truly revolutionary, in both its technique and concept. Patients flock to their plastic surgeons for dermal filler injections that will temporarily fill the creases and hollows left by facial aging, and sometimes those same patients also ask for a little liposuction here or CoolSculpting® there. Instead of separating these into two or three different procedures, why not combine them into one? Fat transfer involves harvesting fat from one area of the body (traditionally from “trouble” areas, such as the stomach, thighs, or butt) by using a liposuction technique. The fat is then purified and reinserted into your face to fill thinned areas, such as the cheeks, lips, and deep wrinkles. The same process can even be used to treat the back of aging hands or to fill deep or depressed scars. With this treatment, nothing foreign is going into your body—your own fat is merely being moved from one area to another, enhancing two features at once. Additionally, the fat injected into your face lasts longer than traditional dermal fillers.
Fat doesn’t have to be a bad thing; you just need to change the way you think about it.