Is Facial Fat Grafting Better Than Dermal Fillers?

Time, gravity, stress—these are all factors why, as the seasons go by, we start to see significant volume loss in our cheeks, under eyes, lips, and chins. Thanks to advanced cosmetic surgery research, we don’t have to let aging hinder our self-confidence and love for life. But with so many facial rejuvenation options available these days, it’s hard to decide on which one would be right for you.

At Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer both facial fat grafting and dermal facial fillers to add volume back into the face and reduce wrinkles. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marshall Guy can help you decide which treatment will best accomplish your aesthetic goals.

Facial Fat Grafting

If your primary concern is a loss of volume in the face, facial fat grafting may be the better choice over facial fillers, especially if the loss volume is in the cheeks, around the eyes, or jawline area. Fat grafting has been shown to last longer than fillers. A good example of fat grafting is to think of a balloon—when the balloon is inflated and full, it’s smooth. But when the air is let out of the balloon, the rubber returns to its loose and wrinkled state. Like air refilling a balloon, fat grafting re-inflates the skin by filling it with your own fat.

During the fat grafting procedure, tiny amounts of fat are removed from secondary locations in your abdomen or thighs. The fat is purified and then reinjected into the areas of the face that need filling. This technique results in a smoother, more supple appearance.

Dermal Fillers

If you’re more concerned with deep wrinkles but still want to improve volume, dermal fillers may be the better choice for you. Injectable fillers, such as Juvederm, consist of biocompatible substances such as hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, or calcium hydroxyapatite, substances that your body creates naturally. When these substances are injected into the face, they add volume, improve contours, and can fill in even the deepest crevices. The hyaluronic acid will also contribute to an excess of collagen production, which will help support your skin.

Depending on the filler used, results can be immediate or gradual. Other than its fat transfer competitor, all injectables have temporary, and results typically last a few months to a year. Side effects of dermal fillers include swelling and mild bruising, but they are usually minimal and can be remedied with an ice pack or over the counter pain medicine approved by your doctor.

Why Choose Dr. W. Marshall Guy?

Dr. Guy is a specialist in all areas of rejuvenation for the face and neck. As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Guy has extensive knowledge and experience to treat many different concerns. From facial services like facelifts, neck lifts, and fat grafting to non-surgical options like dermal fillers and Botox®, he is available to help you make the best decision to look your absolute best.

For more information on which restorative treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery for a consultation.