I’m in Austin, Texas and looking to rejuvenate my face. I’d like to know, what are the pros and cons of having a fat transfer on my face instead of using another type of filler?
A fat transfer is the best procedure for providing overall volume replacement for the face. It is however, associated with 2-3 weeks of social recovery time and requires anesthetic. Fat transfer is not very useful for filling in the lines around the mouth however as the movement of the mouth area prevents predictable and substantial results. The fat transfer into this area usually does not survive in significant quantities. Fillers therefore very useful for perioral contouring and is the procedure of choice for this area. Patients who could not tolerate the recovery time of fat transfer prefer doing fillers. The fillers we utilize for large-volume restoration are usually Sculptra or at times Radiesse. Fat transfer does have a significant advantage in the appropriate facial areas of longevity. The fat cells that survive in the face will be evident for many years and does not absorb like filler.
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