The signs of aging gradually appear as fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss- particularly around the eyes, lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds. Traditionally, complete surgical procedures such as a facelift have been the go-to option for those looking for an enduring aging solution.
Botox and dermal fillers can also combat aging fantastically. Advanced plastic surgeons like Dr. Barrera even offer liquid facelifts, which provide the anti-aging benefits without using a scalpel. These injectables do reduce aging, but they’ll also diminish within several months.
Each procedure has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. But one method is undoubtedly gaining popularity due to its facial-volumizing and balancing qualities – facial fat grafting.
What is Fat Grafting?
As patients scour the aesthetic world for more natural methods, fat grafting is quickly rising to the top. This is mostly because fat grafting avoids implants, manufactured products, and other foreign bodies. Fat grafting volumizes and contours facial features by simply redistributing a patients’ own fat cells – a process that guarantees natural, safe, and long-lasting results.
While implants benefit patients with lost volume in the cheeks or chin, facial fat grafting can also significantly restore volume by acting as a natural filler.
Why Facial Fat Grafting?
Our fat deposits and musculature naturally degrade with time. This degradation gives older faces a characteristically sallow appearance with less definition and volume. When performed by an expert, facial fat grafting can reverse these effects.
Dr. Barrera will first harvest fat from a donor site on the body, usually on the lower abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. He will then process these cells and reintroduce them into key facial areas to promote fullness and definition.
Advances in medical knowledge have boosted the survival rate of transferred fat cells close to 90%. This means that fat grafting patients can enjoy more natural and longer-lasting results than those who chose dermal fillers.
If patients require a more extensive anti-aging solution, a facelift is generally the most reliable option. Cost, time, and many other factors will influence which choice is best for you.
How Do I Choose a Surgeon?
When choosing a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, patients should look for training, experience, affiliations, certifications, awards, and scientific contributions. Leading surgeons have gained notoriety not only because of their outstanding surgical results, but also because they actively contribute research and literature to the field. Patients considering any plastic surgery should also request to see a photo gallery, as they clearly indicate the surgeon’s capabilities.
Why Dr. Barrera?
Dr. Barrera’s experience in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is simply unmatched in the San Antonio area. In addition to his vast knowledge of facial procedures, he has led and co-authored numerous papers focused solely on developing facial fat grafting techniques. You can see the results of his innovative fat grafting techniques by visiting our photo gallery.
To consult with the best facial fat grafting surgeon in San Antonio, TX, reach out to Dr. Barrera at 210 468 5426 or fill out his online form. Begin your journey towards a younger, more confident you today!