Facial wrinkles and creases appear when you begin to age. They begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning, and smiling. While collagen can smooth out wrinkles, injectable collagen isn’t for everyone. Some patients are allergic to bovine collagen or may develop an allergic reaction over time.
Therefore the best alternative option is fat transfer, also called autologous fat transfer or micro-lip injection, which plumps up facial features with a patient’s own fat and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. This process plumps up the skin to smoothen wrinkles and lines using your own body fat. Fat is retrieved from your bulges and injected into the wrinkles and facial lines. Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to recontour your face and provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities.
Fat transfer is beneficial because the fat transferred to the face can last as long as three years. Fat transfer can also be very cost effective when combined with another procedure, and with fat transfer there is no chance of an allergic reaction. This is because since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction. With fat transfer in Los Angeles, the doctor can liposuction fat from your thighs and transfer a portion of it to any area of your body. Re-injected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic aging of the hands, as well as post-surgical and post-traumatic defects. It can also be used to enhance the fullness of the buttock areas. However, not every area of the body responds well to fat transfer. For instance, fat cannot be transfered to the breasts becasue injecting fat into the breast makes it much more difficult to detect breast cancer with mammograms.
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Dr. Sanusi Umar is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. He went into the field of dermatology as a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is additionally a fellowship trained Cosmetic Surgeon having completed an American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) accredited program in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Umar is a faculty member of the Harbor-UCLA Dermatology Department in Los Angeles where he engages in cutting edge research and in the teaching of residents and medical students in Dermatology and dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery.