Fat Grafting and Injections - St. Louis
Facial fat grafting and facial fillers are used to add or replace volume in the face. Both methods will sculpt the face and add fullness giving a “lifted,” more-rested, and youthful appearance. Grafted fat often lasts longer than other fillers, it ages well, and it is ideal under the eyes and in the cheek, chin, and temple. Liposuction is used to collect the fat so there is the added benefit of body contouring. Grafted fat can also be used in the body to create fullness, freshness, and a more youthful appearance.
Non-fat fillers (out of a vial or a syringe) are temporary sources of volume that do not require liposuction and can take place readily and conveniently in the office.
Fat grafting and fat injections are used for patients who want to use their own body fat as a “filler.” Grafted fat often lasts longer than other fillers and will age well along with the patient. For delicate areas such as under the eye, using your own fat can create the most natural look that lasts for years. Grafted fat can also be used in other parts of the face and body to create fullness, freshness and a more youthful appearance.
What does the procedure entail?
Are there any alternatives?
What can I expect?
Who is a good candidate?
When using fat, you and Dr. Gurley will discuss the location from where you would like the fat removed. Using numbing medications and small cannulas, fat can be removed while you are in the office. However, if you prefer, anesthesia can be used for a painless procedure. Facial fillers exist in syringes or vials and are easily administered in the office.
Alternatives to fat grafts and fillers include laser therapy to tighten skin, Botox, and good skin care.
Swelling and bruising can be expected any time fat or injections are performed. These can last up to 4-7 days after the procedure.
You may be a candidate for this procedure if:
Your face has lost volume, is starting to sag, or if you don’t look quite as good as you feel.
Real Artistic Outcomes
Dr. Gurley uses fat and filler to define cheekbones and lift the soft tissues of the face in a natural way. Because there are so many important differences between fat and fillers, it is important that you are carefully examined and your desires are thoroughly considered. When placed expertly and safely, these volume-inducing agents can add youth and can enhance your beauty. Careful attention to detail, safety, and beauty is a must. While other fillers are temporary and may leave behind scar tissue, fat can last for decades. Dr. Gurley is an expert in determining what type of filler is best for each patient and will consult with you to determine how best to reach your aesthetic goals.