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Ayman R. Hakki, MD
Smoothing Out the Wrinkles
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Smoothing Out the Wrinkles

Facial wrinkles and creases are part of the aging process. They begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.
Injectable bovine collagen and fat cells taken from your own body are the two most frequently used materials for filling facial wrinkles and frown lines. While collagen can smooth out wrinkles, injectable collagen isnt for everyone. Some patients are allergic to bovine collagen or may develop an allergic reaction over time.
Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection, plumps up facial features with a patients own fat and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to recontour your face and can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because its from your own body.
Reinjected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks because this area does not move as often. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic aging of the hands, as well as post-surgical and post-traumatic defects.

How is the procedure done?

Fat transfer can be performed in the doctors office on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where your fat is most tightly packed, such as your abdomen or your buttocks.
Once removed, your fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then reinjected using another needle, which is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.
Harvesting the fat cells for reinjection is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck or cosmetic breast surgery. When fat is harvested during another procedure, it is often possible for your surgeon to harvest a larger amount of fat, then freeze and store your fat for future injections when they become necessary.

What are the benefits of fat transfer?

Fat transferred to the face can last as long as three years.
Fat transfer can be very cost effective when combined with another procedure.
Theres no chance of an allergic reaction.
If you have been wondering how to get rid of your wrinkles, fat injections may be the answer.

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