Volume Restoration is a non-surgical procedure that is achieved through the injection of substances that add volume back into the skin. These include dermal fillers and fat transfer. Dermal fillers are biocompatible products that are injected into the deepest part of the skin to soften wrinkles and sometimes even support the structure of the skin. For some facial areas, like under the eyes, injections are done even deeper to fill in and improve hollow contours.
Fat transfer involves removing fat cells from the lower part of the body (usually the abdomen) and injecting them into the face to replace lost volume.
At Cascade Facial Surgery, Dr. Jonathan Grant treats every patient as a unique individual. He will evaluate your skin and may suggest a combination of dermal fillers to provide the results you want. He is an expert injector who can deliver a natural-looking result that is not overdone.
Who is a candidate for Volume Restoration?
Candidates for volume restoration are those with signs of aging such as:
- Nasolabial folds (“smile lines” that run from the nose to the mouth)
- Marionette lines (wrinkles that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
- Dark rings under the eyes (tear troughs)
- Flattened cheekbones due to gravity and volume loss overtime
- Other lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, or hands
- Thin lips
How long do fillers last?
Fillers last 3-24 months depending on the area being treated and the type of filler used. Fat transfer results are permanent, typically one third to half the volume of fat injected survives transfer for permanent volume restoration. The surviving fat will age like other fat cells that have always been in the face.
Does it hurt?
For fillers a topical numbing cream is applied to help minimize any discomfort. For fat transfer local anesthetic is injected to the area where the fat is being harvested, and to the area of the face where it is injecting.
What is the Recovery?
Typically with fillers, you may get bruising from the injections and/or mild swelling. This usually dissipates within 48-72 hours. With fat transfer you may have some discomfort in the area the fat was harvested from. This is manageable with over the counter medication in most instances. Fat transfer swelling typically peaks within a week and gradually dissipates over several weeks. Fat transfer does take more patience than dermal fillers in terms of recovery, but most fat transfer patients are back to work or regular daily activity within 2-3 weeks.