Restoring volume to sunken facial features is one of the primary goals patients have when considering their facial rejuvenation options.
Two specific procedures effectively add volume to your face – facial fat grafting and dermal fillers. Which approach suits you will depend on your circumstances and desired results.
Here, we’ll discuss the differences between facial fat grafting and dermal fillers and provide advice on which procedure better suits your needs.
Facial Fat Grafting
Facial fat grafting is a surgical procedure that involves transferring fat from one area of your body to the facial area you want to volumize. It can minimize and correct the appearance of sunken eyes, deep lines, and wrinkles and folds around the mouth, chin, and neck. The process requires harvesting fat cells from a donor site where you have them to spare, then purifying and processing that tissue in a centrifuge before injecting it into the facial areas of concern.
People choose this option when they don’t want to introduce foreign substances into their body – your natural biology helps restore your facial volume and youth. Results take between three to five months to fully show, as the reintroduced fat cells need time to settle and begin growing again. The procedure is ideal for people who want to subtle results and don’t mind waiting a bit longer for their appearance to change.
Dermal fillers are Hyaluronic acid-based injectables used in the treatment of facial wrinkles and fine lines. They help raise and shape the lips, eyebrows, and skin surrounding the nose and mouth. Fillers are a non-surgical procedure that involve introducing biocompatible material into the skin for temporary enhancement of facial features.
Dermal fillers are fast-acting, and results appear almost immediately. When done by a highly trained and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Sayed, the procedure requires almost no downtime, with long-lasting results. Many people choose injectables when they want instant gratification and don’t mind scheduling brief touch-up visits to prolong their results.
Facial Fat Grafting and Dermal Fillers in Newport Beach, CA
Selecting between semi-invasive and non-invasive procedures, such as facial fat grafting or dermal fillers, is a choice all aesthetic patients must make. Discussing your options with an empathetic, experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Tim Sayed, can give the best possible results. Reach out to Dr. Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, at (858) 247-2933 or via our online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.