While manufactured fillers remain the most common choice for facial fillers, autologous fat grafting is a time tested and reliable filler. Fat has the additional advantage of being a permanent alternative with a natural look and feel. Fat contains stem cells which stimulate collagen thereby rejuvenating the face in addition to adding volume.
The method of fat transfer is extremely important to the overall results. Fat is harvested from a donor site such as the lower abdomen, flank, or thighs. This fat is purified and centrifuged so that only viable fat cells are used in the transfer.
For the fat transfer, a microcannula is used which protects the fat from lysis and ensures viability. The microcannula also prevent intravascular injection and dramatically reduces bruising and swelling.
Common areas for fat grafting are the temples, lower eyelid/cheeks, midface, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, chin, and jaw/mandibular border. Fat also has the advantage of being abundantly available therefore full correction can always be achieved. Fat transfer to the face is sometime called a liquid facelift.
Dr. Burns is a nationally respected expert in fat transfer to the breast, body, and face. Dr. Burns tailors the fat transfer to face procedure to each individual patient carefully determining who much volume and what type of fat to transfer: centrifuged fat, microfat, and nanofat transfer.