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Restoring your face’s youthful appearance involves more than smoothing out wrinkles and tightening saggy skin. An aging face loses fat in areas such as the cheeks and under the eyes, often leading to a gaunt appearance. In many cases, a fat transfer procedure can help San Francisco Bay Area men and women who want to restore volume to hollowed or flattened areas.
If you live in the Bay Area and fat transfer can help rejuvenate your face, please request a consultation with Dr. Chase Lay, or call his office at (408) 358-3888 to schedule an appointment.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer helps women and men whose faces appear deflated due to fat loss or fat displacement. Dr. Lay augments soft tissue in targeted areas with autologous fat grafting (using your own fat). It is considered an ideal filler for a number of reasons, including that it’s versatile, readily obtainable, and won’t compromise your immune system. Dr. Lay specializes in fat grafting and takes the time and care needed to layer the fat deposits in the appropriate areas of your face.
What Should I Expect?
Fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure performed at Dr. Lay’s office. Still, it’s important to remember that your recovery time depends on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat used. Expect to take a few days to a little more than a week to recover before attending social or professional events. Autologous fat grafting – using your own fat tissue on another part of your body – enables repair and augmentation of soft tissues and is increasingly used in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Although fat transfer has a number of benefits, plastic surgeons have been frustrated because the rate of absorption – how much of the fat will be absorbed by the body and not useful as a filler – has been unpredictable. Dr. Lay uses the Adivive™ Fat Transfer System to enhance the survival rate of fat cells, while mixing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with the extracted fat before grafting also helps improve its health and survival; it also improves skin tone. Dr. Lay incorporates PRP into every fat transfer he performs.
There are numerous advantages of using your own fat for tissue augmentation, because it is:
- Biocompatible (won’t cause allergic reaction or infection)
- Versatile and natural
- Affordable and readily available
PRP injections can be effective in delicate areas such as the tear trough beneath the eye, adding plumpness and improving skin texture. They can also be used to treat crow’s feet. Platelet-rich plasma is also contained in filler products used to treat deep or fine lines and wrinkles in the perioral area — the area around the mouth.