DALLAS — June 24, 2008 — Rejuvenating newly identified fat compartments in the facial cheeks can help reduce the hollowed look of the face as it ages, according to new research by plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Researchers used special dyes to identify and map four cheek-fat compartments hidden deep beneath the skin. When these compartments are restored using fat, tissue fillers or artificial implants, the result is a more youthful and less hollow look to the overall face, according to Dr. Joel Pessa, assistant professor of plastic surgery.
Restoring these compartments also improves volume loss under the eyes, helps eliminate lines around the nose and mouth and gives more curve to the upper lip, all of which restore a more youthful appearance to the face, Dr. Pessa said.
I continue to wonder why facial fat shrinks with age while fat in other parts of the body tends to grow in size. I also wonder where plastic surgeons take fat from in order to fill in the face. If they take the fat from the stomach is there a harm to health for the same reason that a fat stomach correlates with cardiovascular and other health risks more than fat on the hips?
Does Angelina Jolie still have a natural face? Or has she had facial fat implants?
“This research breaks new ground by identifying the boundaries of specific fat compartments that are key to facial rejuvenation involving the cheeks, and as a consequence, the overall look of the face,” said Dr. Pessa, a co-author of the study, which appears in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Cheeks are vital to what we consider beautiful — from chubby-cheeked infants to Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie.”
Lots of people get fat injections but far more get hyaluranoic acid injections (which last for a much shorter period of time).
Plastic surgeons performed nearly 8,000 cheek implants in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, nearly 47,000 fat injections and 1.1 million injections with hyaluronic acid fillers were performed last year.
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