Fat Transfer / Fat Grafting
Straight Forward Brilliant Results…an all natural approach to long lasting facial rejuvenation.
Fat grafting is a powerful rejuvenation technique used to combat one of the primary aging processes, the loss of facial soft tissue volume. There are three main causes of facial aging: loss of our plump baby fat over a lifetime, sagging of skin due to years of gravity, and surface damage and discoloration caused by a cumulative amount of sun exposure and environmental stressors. Of all of these aging factors, the one thing that marks age more than the others is…, you guessed it, facial volume.
Dr. Balshi specializes in restoring facial fullness, one of the most impacting and effective cosmetic enhancement procedures available. Aging in the face is first noticed as we lose our youthful baby fat. It can be seen as hollowness in the temple areas, sunken eyes and as flattening of formerly round cheeks, but can also be seen as shadows in the nasolabial fold (between the nose and the mouth,) in the marionette lines (from corner of the mouth to the chin), and in new bumps across a once smooth jaw line. Lips can begin to shrink and appear wrinkled. Even earlobes begin to lose their shape and volume.
Restoring volume with fat from one’s own body to refill areas where fat has been lost is an amazing solution that fights the effects of time, and restores youth and beauty. In addition, nothing could be more natural than a “fat graft”, “fat transfer”, or “micor-lipo injection”. Fat transfer or autologous fat grafts (using one’s own fat) can be used to rejuvenate the face by softly restoring and filling wrinkles and folds, revitalizing lips and highlighting cheek areas that have become less pronounced. Replacing what’s missing (fat), with what’s missing (fat), couldn’t be more natural.
An area of unwanted fat is identified by Dr. Balshi and the patient during a detailed pre-operative consultation. Usually the abdomen, thighs, inner knees, hips or love handles are used to remove excess or unwanted fat, using a simple technique called micro-lipo fat harvesting. After the isolated fatty area is numb with local lidocaine, a small amount (usually about 120 cc) is gently removed. If one wishes, at the same time, a more traditional liposuction procedure (which dramatically reduces the size of an unwanted fatty area) could be accomplished for more full body rejuvenation. After a process of centrifuge and cleaning, the fat is enriched with one’s own platelets and the platelet derived growth factors that are stored within them. Occasionally Dr. Balshi will also enrich the fat graft with STEM CELLS taken from the patient’s fat. This has been touted as the “STEM CELL FACE LIFT”. Because stem cell enriched fat grafts are one’s own biology, there is no risk for rejection or allergic reactions.
The fat is placed into small syringes and is then ready to be meticulously used by Dr. Balshi. Fat cells are injected in tiny amounts in a delicate fashion directly into the areas where it is needed. Fat injections in Delray Beach are performed at Dr. Balshi’s office daily, there is no need for a hospital or operating room, general anesthesia or deep sedation.
Although some resorbtion is possible and usual, fat grafts last considerably longer than most fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Artfill and Sculptra., making it the most effective choice in facial re-volumization.
Fat grafting gives Dr. Balshi the ability to provide a minimally invasive, quick recovery solution for the most important signs of facial aging in many patients long before consideration of more invasive surgical procedures. One’s own extra calories can potentially provide second time satisfaction by bringing back years!