Fat Transfer vs. Dermal Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation

Hollowed cheeks, fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and sagging skin around the eyes are some of the telltale signs of aging. However, many people can smooth out their skin and achieve a more youthful appearance with cosmetic treatments that increase the volume of the facial tissues.
Fat injections and synthetic dermal fillers have become an increasingly popular option for facial rejuvenation procedures. These affordable alternatives to facelift surgery can help smooth out the skin and make wrinkles and fine lines disappear.  The ‘liquid facelift’ has become an attractive option for many, but how do you decide between using your own body fat or a synthetic compound to plump up the skin? Here are the benefits and disadvantages of each type of facial rejuvenation treatment:

How Fat Transfer Injections Work for Facial Rejuvenation

If you have noticeable bags under your eyes or your jowls appear loose, fat transfer injections may help restore natural volume to the face and give you a more youthful appearance. Fat grafting has become a safe and simple solution for getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines around the face; the procedure involves harvesting fat from the abdomen or buttocks, and then injecting the compounds into the face.  In addition to restoring volume to the face, fat transfer can be used to reduce the appearance of deep scars caused by an accident or injury. 
Fat injections provide permanent results, and easily adapt to the facial tissues to create a natural-looking appearance. There is very little discomfort, pain or side effects from the procedure, and the treatment is typically administered under mild sedation. In some rare cases, patients may see a noticeable reduction in volume after a short period of time, and may need touchup treatments to maintain results.

Pros and Cons for Synthetic Dermal Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation

Today’s most popular dermal fillers include Botox, Juvederm and Restylane. These also help to fill out fine lines and wrinkles, and are well-suited for smoothing out furrows in the forehead, eliminating wrinkles around the mouth and giving the skin a fresh, more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers typically take only a few minutes to administer and do not have any serious side effects except slight tingling and redness at the injection site. Most patients see a dramatic difference immediately after the treatment, and the injections can be used in several facial compartments at once to restore volume and eliminate lines and wrinkles.
While dermal fillers do provide a number of benefits, some people may have an allergic reaction to the synthetic compounds. If the surgeon does not administer the right amount to the treatment area, there may be signs of ‘bumps’ or an uneven texture. One of the biggest drawbacks of these dermal fillers is that results are only temporary or semi-permanent; all patients will need touch up treatments to maintain results since the fillers are absorbed by the body within 12 to 18 months.
Both fat transfer injections and dermal fillers offer a number of benefits and can leave you looking years younger after just one treatment. Learn more about injectable fillers and facial rejuvenation in our information guide, or contact an anti-aging specialist in your area for a consultation.