Fat grafting (fat transfer)
The goal of fat transfer at The Centre for Cosmetic surgery is to restore youthful facial appearance and improve the definition of the cheeks and chin. A popular cosmetic surgery option to other wrinkle treatments, fat grafting to the face is a safe and non-allergenic treatment because it takes excess fat tissue from a patient, and injects the fat in the face where it is needed. Because it is the patient’s own tissue, no allergic reaction is expected. This procedure has expanded beyond the cosmetic surgery context and now fat transfer is well used in reconstructive surgery. Indeed, fat transfer can improve facial deformities, atrophic aging of the hands, and some defects caused by surgery or trauma.
Our experience shows that when the fat is injected to areas of non-movement such as sunken Midface (cheeks) it does survive and last longer. However, this is not the case when the fat is grafted in some areas such breasts and it could make detecting breast cancer with mammograms more difficult. The fat transfer cosmetic surgery procedure can be done under local or general anaesthetic. The harvesting of the fat tissue is done in a similar way to liposuction. The fat is usually centrifuged to improve its quality. The fresh fat cells are then transferred or injected in the areas of the face to be aesthetically treated using a special cannula. The idea is to restore facial volume that has decreased though the ageing process and consequently to achieve a youthful look. The fat grafting cosmetic surgery procedure is routinely used for the face but has been successfully used to other part of the body like the hands.
Wrinkle treatment with collagen and others
ArteSense is a product that has been known as a better alternative to cosmetic surgery and collagen injection. This filler has a long safety record of almost 15 years in the North American cosmetic market with high patients satisfaction. In 2007 Artesense received the FDA approval. ArteSense is injected to the skin using the tunneling technique in order to improve the appearance of wrinkles.
- This is a long lasting, injectable filler to reduce wrinkles and skin depressions.
- It is combined with a collagen solution and anesthesia to reduce the pain.
- Artesense is better that collagen, which lasts only 3 to 6 months.
- Artesense could be used for lip augmentation.
- It is safe and effective.
- More than one treatment is needed,
- The cosmetic out come fade away when new wrinkles are formed.
- Painful and may need anaesthesia.
Juvéderm® ULTRA is dermal filler from ALLERGAN, a company producing surgical and non-surgical, aesthetic products. It’s a natural, biodegradable gel that adheres easily into the skin, filling out those the fine lines restoring the natural look. The difference is noticeable after the first treatment.
Juvederm contains lidocaine, an anaesthetic commonly used by for local anaesthesia. Allergan claims that, the Juvederm family of products last longer than other formulas—at least one year.
Juvéderm® ULTRA comes in three formulations:
- Juvéderm® ULTRA 2 Erases moderate lines, especially those around the lips and corners of the eyes and those very close to the surface of the skin.
- Juvéderm® ULTRA 3 Smoothes wrinkles between the nose and corner of the mouth and around lips. It can be used very subtly to plump out lips in order to maintain a youthful smile.
- Juvéderm® ULTRA 4 Works on the most noticeable folds and lines, and improves the contour of the face.
Like any skin fillers, Perlane is deigned to fill fine lines, wrinkles. Cosmetic doctor prefer this product to others fillers, especially when dealing with lip augmentation, scar treatments, and deep skin folds.
What Is Perlane?
It is important to know that Perlane is made from a product that is obtained from non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. In other words, Perlane injection fillers does not use animal product at all. Before using Perlane does not require any skin test because it uses components that are naturally found in the skin. The hyaluronic acid contained in this filler replenishes the body’s naturally-depleting supply. The Perlane filler is normally injected into the skin using a very fine needle. After about 6 hours, there will be a definitive lift and increase of the volume to the treated area. Perlane is cosmetic treatment, that is effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles,, nasolabial folds. However, the results of Perlane cosmetic treatments only last for 3 to 6 months.
Restylane is cosmetic filler that is administered through injection. It is commonly used for treatment of wrinkle and lip augmentation. The cosmetic out come when injected adequatly can last up to 5 to 6 months when injected in the lips and up to 12 moths in other areas on the face. Restylane is a substance made from "hyaluronic acid" that naturally occurs inside a human body; therefore it is not extrated from animal products. Therefore, allergy tests are not required. Wrinkles and lines on the face are the common areas where it is successfully used. These areas may include the crow's feet, forehead lines, between the eyebrows, lip and marionette lines.
Sculptra, one of the newest cosmetic treatment and longest-lasting dermal fillers on the market, its composition includes poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic but biocompatible material that has a decades-long history of being used for a variety of reconstructive and medicals purposes. The FDA has approved Sculptra for cosmetic purposes only in 2009, although the sculptra had been approved since (2004) to treat H.I.V.-positive patients with facial fat loss (lipoatrophy). It is important to know that the filler has been used cosmetically in Europe since 1999, where it's called New-Fill.