Fat Transfer to Face vs. Facial Fillers

Wrinkles are one of the many unfortunate signs of aging. Despite our best efforts to eat healthy, moisturize properly, and stay out of the sun, eventually we will develop wrinkles. If you aren’t quite ready to surrender your youthful features, however, St. Louis Lipo offers a few procedures that can help turn back the sands of time. Below, we discuss the pros and cons of two of these procedures: fat transfers to the face and facial fillers.

Pros & Cons of Facial Fillers

Facial fillers such as Botox have gotten a lot of attention from the media thanks to celebrity endorsements. In fact, many cosmetic procedures owe their popularity to celebrities bringing them to the public. Besides Botox, there are many other types of facial fillers that can help you achieve a more youthful look.

One of the ways that facial fillers smooth out wrinkles is by replacing lost hyaluronic acid; this acid is essential to the elasticity of our skin. Some fillers also do just what their name implies and “fill” lost fat volume in your face. Facial fillers can be used to solve a variety of problems, making them very versatile. Additionally, application of facial fillers is quick and easy, with next to no recovery time necessary.

Unfortunately, facial fillers are not permanent, with many patients needing another session every 6 to 12 months to maintain their results. These repeated treatments can add up over time, making facial fillers more expensive than other methods, such as fat transfer to the face.

Pros & Cons of Fat Transfer to the Face

A fat transfer to the face involves the use of liposuction to first remove fat from an area with excess and then inject the fat into the hollow areas of the face to plump up your appearance, remove wrinkles, and restore a youthful vigor. These results may seem more natural, as fat transfer procedures simply replace lost fat with fat from elsewhere on your body. Contrary to facial fillers, fat transfers to the face can provide near-permanent results. This can lead to cost savings over facial fillers over the long haul.

Using fat as a facial filler has many benefits. It is completely natural. It looks completely natural because facial fat is what give younger faces its youthful look and it the loss of facial fat that has the biggest factor that makes a face look older.  The fat that is transferred is a rich source of stem cells (pluripotent cells that can divide and become any cell the body needs) and the fat contains some of the body’s most potent growth factors.  The areas where the fat is transferred are not only are plumper, but they are also more radiant because the transferred fat also stimulates new blood vessels and new blood flow.

Unlike facial fillers, fat transfers to the face require a recovery period. Liposuction is a mildly invasive procedure, and you will need a few days to recover post-op. Fat transfers also won’t show your full results immediately following the procedure; you’ll need to wait for the swelling to reduce before you can see your new, youthful look.

Contact St. Louis Lipo for More Information

Dr. Wright and his highly trained team at St. Louis Lipo have performed both of these procedures countless times with great results. If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, contact St. Louis Lipo today for a free consultation!