Structured Fat Grafting

Structured Fat Grafting Is An Excellent Procedure For Replenishing Facial Volume

For many years Dr. Harris has performed structured facial fat grafting as a way to replenish the facial volume that has been lost due to weight loss or aging. More recently, Dr. Harris has begun to utilize newer state-of-the-art techniques of concentrating stem cells from harvested fat and injecting them along with the fat to provide for improved long-term survival of the fat graft. He believes the most natural youthful results for facial rejuvenation comes with a combined approach of lifting and tightening of the facial skin and tissue as well as replacing the lost volume beneath with structured fat grafting. The placement of small layers of grafted fat into the facial skin with a tiny blunt cannula, or tube, has been shown to be a safe, effective and long-lasting facial rejuvenation technique. The challenge of structured fat grafting is the artistic placement of the fat grafts in a way that is similar to sculpting in order to have smoother facial contours and specific placement or position giving a more youthful appearance. Dr. Harris studies each patient's previous photographs to learn where the fat has been lost over the years in order to sculpt the fat in a similar position.

Other facial fillers exist, however, Dr. Harris believes it is not so much the material used, but rather the artistic perception of the surgeon that leads to a graceful, youthful and rejuvenated appearance. He is always concerned about sculpting a natural appearance. He always reassures his patients that they will have an appearance similar to the way they looked previously – not a different result.

Though not proven scientifically, he firmly believes that structured fat grafting with stem cells into the face seems to have an additional benefit of improving the overall texture, thickness and quality of the facial skin. Also, Dr. Harris may often add platelet rich plasma (PRP) to the structured facial fat grafting procedure. This use of additional concentrated stem cells improves the survival of the fat and likely contributes to the improvement in the appearance of the overlying skin. He adds an element of structured fat grafting to most facelift procedures because he believes in adding volume to the sunken temporal areas, eyebrows and into the upper and lower eyelid areas. Because Dr. Harris believes a smooth rounded cheek is the signature of a youthful face, he will often offer fat grafting to the cheek areas as a stand-alone procedure under local anesthesia. This can be performed with minimal downtime.