Thinking About Filler? Use Your Own Fat Instead!

As we age, our faces naturally lose volume and fullness. The layer of fat distributed throughout the face fades, the facial skin stretches, and signs of aging – like smile lines and crow’s feet – become more apparent.

If that sounds like you, don’t worry! You have options.

Many patients use dermal fillers and other injectables to rejuvenate the face. However, this is only a temporary solution.

Beleza Plastic Surgery is proud to be among the first practices in Pittsburgh offering fat transfer procedures. These procedures work by liposuctioning fat from one part of the body, and reinjecting it into another. By transferring a patient’s own fat to their face, Dr. Wooten can enhance facial volume – without the need for temporary filler. You’ll also be able to remove a small amount of unwanted fat in the process.

During your consultation, you and Dr. Wooten will determine the area of your body from which to harvest fat for the procedure. Most people opt for their stomachs, thighs, or waist.

Then, Dr. Wooten uses this fat to plump certain areas of your face. This fat can be injected into the lips, cheekbones or anywhere that has lost volume over time. Some fat will, of course, be reabsorbed into the body, but what remains will be there to stay – reducing the need for fillers, which can grow to be costly over a long period of time.

The fat transfer procedure is a bit more involved than just opting for injectables or fillers. Botox, for instance, can be injected in a single 30 – 45 minute office session. But if you prefer to have a procedure with longer-lasting results, fat transfers can be just as, or more, effective at restoring the appearance of volume and at promoting a fuller, more youthful-looking face.

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