REPOSITIONING YOUR FAT TO GIVE YOU A DESIRABLE LOWER “SCAR FREE” FACE LIFT
By: Nathan Newman, MD
The chin and the jaw line are the focus of the lower face and neck. A properly proportioned chin and a defined jaw line are essential to having a desirable attractive look. An experienced cosmetic surgeon with an artistic eye will evaluate the face and neck as a whole and then will begin to address each part individually to give you all the options available to improve and enhance your features.
Evaluating The Face And Neck
All of us are created as two separate halves and therefore there is always a little difference between our right and left half of the body. This slight asymmetry is actually what gives us our unique character. It is only when the asymmetry is exaggerated and obviously noticeable that it becomes undesirable.
The proportion of the upper face, the lower face and the neck must fall within a certain spectrum for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The most noticeable part of a disproportioned lower face is a weak looking chin and jaw resulting in an ill-defined neckline. A strong jaw line with a well-defined neck can be masculine or feminine depending on the way its proportions are sculpted.
FAT REPOSITIONING TO AUGMENT THE CHIN AND JAW
Fat repositioning is the most natural, healthy and safest and long lasting way to enhance your chin and jaw line. Fat is taken with a special instrument from an undesired fat pocket on your body and injected without scars. The fat that is removed helps to sculpt the body with lipo-sculpturing techniques while the fat injections can sculpt the face with minimal downtime. The procedure can be carried out safely under local anesthesia and the results of the fat grafting are natural and undetectable, as the fat takes the characteristics of its surrounding tissues.
ADVANTAGES OF FAT REPOSITIONING OVER IMPLANTS
Fat repositioning has many advantages over the chin implants. There is much less risk of infection with the fat, as there is no foreign object in the body. The fat grafting can be done under local anesthesia, without scars and without stitches. There is significantly much faster recovery from fat repositioning than the many weeks needed from a chin implant. There is no chance for the fat to move or to dislodge unlike the chin implants. Implants are limited in size and shape, whereas fat is injected in any quantity and to as many areas as needed to achieve the desired sculpted natural results.
ADVANTAGES OF FAT REPOSITIONING OVER OTHER INJECTABLES
Fat repositioning results are long lasting and can be permanent. Most of the other injectable products available today are temporary and will not last more than 1 year. The permanent filling substances are not as versatile as fat. The amount of filling material needed to achieve similar results to that of fat injections would not look as natural as fat and will cost much more than the fat. More importantly the long-term results of such large volumes of non-absorbable fillers may cause undesirable side effects or reactions.
FAT REPOSITIONING VS. FACE LIFT
While in the past the misguided idea to look younger was to pull tighter, today’s cosmetic surgery re-establishes a youthful appearance by restoring, in a proportioned manner, the fullness to your face and by sculpting the face and body. Even when doing a traditional or a “lunch time” face-lift, fat repositioning is needed to restore volume and sculpt the face. Advanced fat repositioning techniques can be used to achieve a natural, undetectable, “scar free” face lift with out the risks, pain, recovery time, and cost associated with a traditional face lift.
FAT REPOSITIONING WITH LIPOSCUPTING
Fat injections to the chin and jaw can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction or liposculpture of the neck to achieve a better-defined jaw line and a more sculpted neck. The fat on the neck and jowls can also be reduced with injections of mesotherapy solution or with Lipozap to define the jaw line and the neck.