Our culture spends so much time and energy trying to eliminate fat, that it's easy to forget that not all fat is bad. The presence of facial fat is actually what gives the face its youthful contours. When we look at a person's face, we can generally perceive the age of that individual based on their overall facial shape. A child, regardless of how thin they are, tends to possess a roundness of the face. This roundness is attributed to an abundance of baby fat that typically stays until one's late twenties.
After this time, facial volume begins to deflate as the aging process sets in and fat starts to diminish. Fat loss is typically most prominent around the eyes, cheeks and jawline. This depletion of fat can give the face a gaunt look. Other structural changes attributed to fat loss include:
- Flattening of the midface
- Thinning of the lips
- Deepening of nasolabial folds and frown lines
- Hallowed-out, sunken appearance around eyes
Austin fat transfer treatments (also known as autologous fat injections), restore this lost volume using the patient's own fat as a natural filler. In this treatment, fat is harvested from one area of the body, such as the thighs, stomach or buttocks, and then reinjected into areas that have lost fullness. Common areas for fat transfer include the corners of the mouth, cheeks, lips, the temple and the upper and lower eyelids.
Fat injections are often used for hand rejuvenation as well. Like the face, hands are constantly exposed and vulnerable to environmental elements that can accelerate the aging process. Fat transfer can restore voluminous contour to hands that have taken on a bony, emaciated appearance over time.
Since the body's own tissue is being utilized, there is no risk of allergic reaction. Fat grafting is a more natural technique for lifting deflated regions, softening deep set and hallowed features and augmenting facial contours. For more information about Austin fat transfer treatments, please call (512) 459-6800.