In our last blog, we discussed how fat grafting is the newest cosmetic advance and how it is a great “two for one” procedure; it eliminates stubborn fat in one area of the body and uses it to plump up another. When women first hear about fat grafting, they often think about how perfect it would be to remove the excess fat from problem areas, like the neck, belly, hips, and thighs, and add it to their cheeks or buttocks. While this is definitely possible and commonly practiced for buttock augmentation and the Brazilian Butt Lift, fat grafting is often used to add volume and fullness to areas of the face.
Many patients wonder why they would want to add fat to this area, and the answer is quite simple. If you look at a child or young person’s face, you’ll notice thicker skin and a nice, fuller cheek appearance. As we age, our skin naturally becomes thinner, and our “baby fat” that keeps us looking young diminishes. This becomes especially apparent in areas of the face, such as the eyes and cheeks; the eyes can appear sunken, and the cheeks can appear hollow. A popular fat grafting approach is to remove excess fat from the neck and inject it to fill the area around the eyes. The fat can also be injected to plump the hollows of the cheeks. The patient gets two procedures in one: elimination of a “double chin” along with a well-rested, more youthful appearance in the eyes and cheeks.
Sometimes it is not excess fat beneath the chin that is the problem, but excess skin. Since the neck is one of the first areas of the body to show the signs of aging, the natural loss of volume that occurs over time quickly results in stretched, loose, and wrinkled skin. When this happens, the neck often resembles a turkey’s wattle – a problem that is common for both men and women.
Dr. Hiatt can correct these signs of aging with a neck lift or facelift. A neck lift, also called “platysmaplasty,” involves tightening the underlying muscles of the neck as well as the skin to remove wrinkles and provide a more youthful, rejuvenated look. Called “rhytidectomy,” a facelift can also address sagging skin in the neck, neck bands, and a double chin. To avoid having a “pulled” look, Dr. Hiatt recommends the deep plane facelift. This technique not only addresses the excess skin and fat, but also tightens the underlying connective tissues of the face and neck and provides a natural, more youthful appearance. Nearly half of all facelifts are combined with eyelid surgery and fat grafting for complete facial rejuvenation.
If you are interested in fat grafting or any other cosmetic surgery procedure in the Mesa, Arizona area, we encourage you to contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Karl Hiatt. He will assess your health history, physical features, and the results you desire during your initial consultation to help determine the procedure that’s right for you. Please call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online consultation form today to schedule an appointment.