In the realm of aesthetics, fat plays a paradoxical role. Too much fat can result in undesirable bulges, while too little can lead to hollow, sunken features. This delicate balance is particularly crucial when it comes to facial appearance.
A youthful face is, to a significant extent, dependent on the presence and distribution of fat. However, as the years go by, these fat deposits undergo shifts and changes, contributing to the telltale signs of aging.
Facial Aging and Fat: The Transformations
During youth, facial fat is evenly distributed, creating smooth, harmonious contours extending from the forehead to the jawline. Picture it as a perfectly inflated balloon that yields the aesthetically pleasing look of youthfulness. As we age, the relentless pull of gravity starts to reposition and displace facial fat. The mid-face bears the brunt of this shift, resulting in reduced fat levels in this region. Consequently, hollows develop beneath the eyes and in the cheeks, leading to a sagging appearance or the dreaded sunken look.
The relocation of fat deposits doesn’t act alone; it joins forces with changing skin quality, sparking a domino effect of aging. The skin loses thickness, collagen levels decrease, and the supporting tissues within the face start to degrade. With less fat to provide structural support, the skin loses its elasticity, sags, and forms wrinkles. Simultaneously, while the mid-face experiences a depletion of fat, fat levels in the lower face may actually increase, giving rise to jowls or a double chin.
Reclaiming Youthful Looks with Fillers
Given that a deficiency of facial volume in the mid-face results in sagging and wrinkling, restoring volume to this area can work wonders in reviving a youthful appearance. Reintroducing volume can lift sagging skin, smoothen wrinkles, and recreate youthful contours. There are several techniques to achieve this, with dermal fillers being one of the most common and straightforward options.
Dermal fillers come in various forms, but hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are often preferred. HA is naturally present in the skin and plays a vital role in maintaining skin hydration and suppleness. When HA filler is injected into the mid-face, it replenishes facial volume, smoothens wrinkles, and enhances skin quality.
An experienced injector employs fillers skillfully to replace lost volume due to aging. The gel-like consistency of filler products ensures a natural appearance. Dr. Singleton personally administers all filler treatments at our Washington, D.C. office, boasting extensive training and expertise with each filler in our lineup.
Dermal fillers provide temporary results, typically lasting several months following each treatment. This makes them a non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation.
Is Fat a Superior Choice to Fillers?
Another avenue for restoring facial volume is the process of fat transfer. This procedure utilizes a patient’s own fat to restore volume to the face. Fat transfer offers more durable results compared to fillers. While a typical dermal filler treatment may last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, fat transfer can potentially provide permanent or near-permanent improvement in many cases.
The fat transfer process closely resembles filler treatments, but instead of using HA filler, Dr. employs purified fat extracted from the patient’s own body. Fat is harvested via a straightforward liposuction technique, performed under local anesthesia on the day of the treatment, just prior to injection. After a brief recovery period, the additional fat reintroduces volume and youthful fullness to the face.
Fat transfer boasts several advantages over fillers, including:
- Utilizes a Patient’s Natural Fat:
Many patients prefer using their own natural fat for facial rejuvenation, eliminating the risk of allergic reactions.
- Longer-lasting Results:
Fat transfer results are known to endure, often permanently. In contrast, dermal fillers require reinjection every few months to sustain volume.
While fat transfer offers numerous benefits, dermal fillers come with their own advantages. Fillers are a non-surgical option with a shorter recovery period. Depending on your personal preference and need, you can choose either too.
Loss of facial volume is a common concern associated with aging, but it’s a concern that can be effectively addressed through fat transfer or dermal fillers. Explore your options with us to embark on a journey to a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.