As we age, skin gradually loses collagen, the natural protein that gives skin its firmness and flexibility. When this happens, facial features may lose their youthful proportions, changing the overall character of our look.
Experienced New York City and Connecticut plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles knows that restoring facial balance requires addition, subtraction — and even an understanding of illusion. Adding volume to areas that have lost fullness and subtracting areas that have stretched, sagged or developed folds, are important ways to turn back the clock. Beyond that, sculpting a slimmer facial profile can be achieved by creating the illusion of higher cheekbones with targeted fat transfer. This technique improves aesthetic balance and shapes a lifted appearance in the cheeks by injecting tiny amounts of fat in the malar region, below the rim of the eyes.
Reclaiming a Youthful Profile
Facial microfat transfer is a convenient alternative to facelift and other more invasive surgical techniques. In this procedure, trusted Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Margoles uses a small-particle version of your body’s natural fat and injects small amounts of these cells under the skin in strategic areas. The cells are prepared using special devices that filter and break down the fat that has been harvested from elsewhere in the body, using a liposuction technique.
Although facial fat transfers have been performed for decades, today’s technique is far more advanced and effective. Prior to the advent of using microfat, injections of body fat sometimes created lumps and puffiness in the face. In addition, the inexactitude of surgical instruments made precise targeting of facial areas difficult.
Unlike temporary dermal fillers, fat transfer is a long-lasting solution. The injected fat cells become an integral part of your subdermal face. As long as they have access to the blood supply, these living cells will thrive wherever they have been placed.
Depending on a number of factors, approximately one third of fat cells will be absorbed by the body after the microfat transfer procedure; the others will accommodate themselves to their new location perfectly, and become permanent fillers in the targeted areas. Based on your reabsorption rate, you may require a follow-up session in six months to fine-tune the volume and shape of your new, rejuvenated facial profile.
To learn more about lifted cheeks, please schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles today. Call (203) 869-2939 for an appointment in Greenwich, Connecticut, or call (646) 734-1854 to schedule an appointment at her Upper East Side New York City office.