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Category: Facial Injections

Fat Transfer to Correct a Surgical Depression

Untitled drawing (3)-1Fat transfer has been used in facial cosmetic surgery for many years to augment the cheeks, lips, temples or naso-labial grooves. It has also been used in more of a reconstructive capacity to fill in areas that may be deficient or depressed following surgical procedures, trauma, facial wasting syndromes or even following steroid injections. The obvious advantage to using your own fat is that there are no allergic reactions, it’s usually quite available and lasts longer than most fillers. There are many claims regarding the longevity of fat, depending on where it’s taken and where it’s placed, how it is processed and how it is injected. I am presenting one case where a deformity was produced between the eyebrows following a surgical procedure and caused the patient much distress until it was corrected with fat.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Recent statistics released by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery show that in 2011 the 3 most commonly performed facial procedures were rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and Botox Cosmetic. And it is no surprise to me that this should be the case.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most transformational procedures that I do. It can make someone who has been unattractive their whole life more appealing, and it can even make a person look younger by elevating their tip. Eyelid surgery is relatively easy to perform with minimal downtime and does wonders for making someone look more relaxed, less “burned-out” and even younger. Finally, Botox Cosmetic is one of the “lunchtime” procedures, which is easy and quick to perform, relatively inexpensive and produces dramatic results in the right patient. In addition to smoothing out wrinkles of the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes, it can raise downturned corners of the mouth and lessen the prominence of early neck bands.

Less Bruising For Facial Injectables

I have just started using the Derma-Sculpt non-bruising, smooth cannulas (blunt needles) to inject Juvederm. They are truly amazing in that they do not leave any “black & blue” areas that usually result from tearing small blood vessels. As a result, patients can leave the office without the telltale signs of having had a procedure done.

So for patients who want to look rejuvenated before a big event, but were afraid of having embarrassing facial bruising, this is a great breakthrough. Basically, a small nick is made in the skin with a regular needle, and these special cannulas are then introduced in various directions to accomplish the augmentation. I am looking  forward to using these cannulas for other fillers like Radiesse.

Facial Injection Using Derma-Sculpt

I have just started using the Derma-Sculpt non-bruising, smooth cannulas (blunt needles) to inject Juvederm. They are truly amazing in that they do not leave any “black & blue” areas that usually result from tearing small blood vessels. As a result, patients can leave the office without the telltale signs of having had a procedure done.

 So for patients who want to look rejuvenated before a big event, but were afraid of having embarrassing facial bruising, this is a great breakthrough. Basically, a small nick is made in the skin with a regular needle, and these special cannulas are then introduced in various directions to accomplish the augmentation.                        

  I am looking  forward to using these cannulas for other fillers like Radiesse.