May 29, 2008
Deep Fat Compartment Refill Makes Face More Youthful

Plastic surgeons are figuring out where to add fat in order to restore sunken old faces.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Not only are cheeks central to your face – they are central to the American concept of beauty. A study in June’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), found that a deep fat compartment located within the cheek is vital to a youthful-looking face. Not only does rejuvenating or returning volume to this fat compartment make the cheek more youthful, it also improves volume loss under the eyes, helps eliminate “parentheses” lines around the nose and mouth and gives more curve to the upper lip – essentially restoring a youthful appearance to the overall face.

“From the irresistible urge to pinch the cheeks of adorable infants to our admiration of Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie, we’ve known for a long time that cheeks are vital to what we consider beautiful,” said Joel Pessa, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study co-author. “Adding volume rather than lifting is not a revolutionary concept in plastic surgery. But the idea that restoring volume to deep cheek fat will affect so many areas of the face is a breakthrough in our understanding of how to better treat facial aging.”

Why do fat compartments in the face shrink in the first place? In other parts of the body people fight lifelong battles with too much fat. Are we some day going to get fat stem cell injections in our faces?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 May 29 06:00 PM  Aging Appearances


Comments
Brock said at May 30, 2008 6:27 AM:

Fat colonies in different parts of the body are very different from each other, and respond differently to different stimulus. It's been known for a long time that hip fat and belly fat are quite different. I suspect different treatments will be required for different types and locations of fat.

Before this surgery becomes practical though they'll need a way to make sure the fat injections aren't promptly absorbed into the body and lost. They'll probably need to grow a capillary network to anchor it in place.

Paul said at June 10, 2008 9:35 AM:

You're right Brock.
In order to make fat grafting in the face TRULY successfull, the key is in the stem cells (which are abundant in fatty tissue).
There is a new process on the market called CELUTION by Cytori Inc.
After fat cells are extracted from the hips, thighs or butt through liposuction, the stem cells in that fat solution are multiplied and "supercharged" using the Celution 800 machine. Thus, when placed in the face at strategic locations... the fat will truly fuse with the existing tissue due to the stem cell activity... which aids the transfered fat in anchoring to the capillary network. Plus the stem cells have also been shown to improve the outer skin as well.
There are already clinical trials for this therapy.

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