Fat Transfer or Juvederm…What do I do….part 2

With our last post I talked about Juvederm.  Today we talk about FAT TRANSFER.

Fat transfer is just what it says.  We take fat from another area of the body, usually the abdomen or legs, and place it in the face or other body areas.  The advantage of this method is that we can get a whole lot more material to transfer and it is your natural tissue.  With Juvederm products we only have 1 cc of filler per vial and may have to use multiple vials to get the look you want.  Also the Juvederm products only stick around about 1-2 years depending on which one used.  Contrast that to fat in which we can use several cc’s of fat and it sticks around for 3-10 years.  One thing we do is to mix your fat with your platelets prior to placing in your face or hands.  Your own platelets (from your blood) will stimulate the millions of stem cells that are associated with the fat which will then help grow new blood supply and structural tissue. The platelets will also help your skin regain a more glowing appearance.  Where we may only use 1cc of Juvederm under the eye, we ususally place 1-3 cc’s of fat/platelets.  This gives you a very nice cheek lift, taking you back to a more youthful, fuller apperence.  Also, whereas we may do only a cc of Juvederm around the mouth and nasal line, we may use 2-4 cc’s of fat/platelets to restore the natural fullness around the mouth.  Fat is ideal for the back of the hands also as it gives a very natural fill between the tendons and helps hide those unsightly veins.  Again the platelets can help restore the skin on the hand to a more youthful look.

Now if you have very minimal volume loss in the face, Juvederm products as discussed in part 1 may be ideal as we will not need a lot of volume.  However, for multiple “caved in” or sagging areas or if other body areas such as the breasts, buttocks, or hands need enhancement then fat is the ideal solution.

Give us a call and come in where we can advise you of the better way to make you feel and look your best.

Thought:  The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow.  For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.

Dr. O’Dell