Cosmetic Surgery Videos
|Procedures||Facelift, Laser skin resurfacing, Fat transfer|
|Length of video||4:10|
By Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez
Besides a facelift, there are several optiosn for treating the signs of an aging face. As our dermis thins, facial skin loosens, and wrinkles develop, many patients seeking short-term results turn to botox. For patients who are not interested in a facelift, but want long-lasting results, the alternatives are laser skin resurfacing or fat grafting.
I believe that fat grafting offers a huge advantage to the lasers currently being used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists and in this video I explain why and illustrate with a few of our patients' before and after photos.
A laser is a destructive technique - you aim a beam of energy at the skin and it literally vaporizes the tissues and destroys part of the dermis, which is a complex structure that is very difficult to regenerate. Your body reacts to regenerate by scarring (collagen build up).
A fat graft, on the other hand, utilizes your own fat, which contains naturally occurring adipose stem cells, to restore volume. The stem cells themselves are a regenerative tissue, restoring volume and improving the quality of the skin.
I would much rather use fat grafting to make the face look younger because it actually makes the face younger. It is truly the most natural way to get a long-lasting, youthful, facial rejuvenation.
Learn more about how laser resurfacing and fat grafting works to help make a decision that's right for you!