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Use your fat to look younger

Use your fat to look younger


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Liposuction has long been a solution for getting rid of stubborn fat in areas that are more noticeable. But what if it were possible to put that same fat somewhere where it could actually do some good? New techniques make regular liposuction even more productive in achieving the look you want.

Fat is your friend

As skin ages, it can lose fatty tissue and elasticity. Anything from deflated lips to skeletal hands and crow's feet result from this aging process. Sun exposure, gravity and loss of fat volume all contribute to the physical results of aging.

Subsequently, many people strive for a more youthful look through various treatments including nonsurgical skin tightening, supplements and laser treatments. But when it comes to fixing certain issues such as volume loss, one promising solution comes in the form of fat transfer.

Fat transfer isn’t new

Many people wish they could take the extra fat from area A and put it in area B. Although not an uncommon desire, fat transfer hasn’t been a real solution until recently.

The very concept of fat transfer isn’t necessarily new, but it has existed since 1893 when a German doctor transferred fat from the arm to the eye area to correct scars from a bone infection. Today, refined techniques and growing popularity have allowed fat transfer, or "fat grafting" to become the procedure of choice for anything from facial scar repair to the augmentation of breast tissue.

Fat grafting or fat injections provide a particularly helpful solution for facial alterations since it offers a more organic filler from the patient’s undesired fat. By taking unwanted fat from other areas of the body and transferring it to places that lack fat volume, plastic surgeons are able to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

The procedure

After the various consultations have occurred, your surgeon will start by scheduling a liposuction procedure to remove or extract adipose fatty tissue from the areas of your body that you would like to appear more sculpted.

Next, your surgeon’s office will refine this fatty tissue into a reliable filler. It is this refined filler solution that will be used to plump or restore certain parts of the body and particularly the face. Despite the negative connotations associated with fat, it is actually a useful tool in restoring facial tissue to create supple and youthful-looking skin.

At times your surgeon may also combine fat grafting with a facelift for extensive rejuvenation and repositioning of the facial tissue. Achieve noticeably firmer skin and improved problem areas by asking your qualified surgeon about fat grafting.

Who performs the procedure

Like any medical procedure, it’s important to consult someone who is experienced, qualified, and knowledgeable. Dr. Scott Thompson and Dr. Douglas Henstrom are experts at facial rejuvenation and are dual board-certified facial plastic surgeons. Both have experience in fat grafting to offer you the results you desire.

It is possible to put your unwanted fat to good use by improving your skin’s appearance. See how you can benefit by making an appointment with a qualified surgeon. Call (801) 776-2220 to schedule a consultation.

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