Plastic surgeon John B. Harris, MD, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, performs fat grafting under local anesthesia
For many years, Dr. Harris has performed structured facial fat grafting to replenish the facial volume lost due to weight loss or aging. He believes the most natural youthful results for facial rejuvenation comes from a combined approach of lifting and tightening the facial skin and tissue and replacing the lost volume beneath with structured fat grafting. The placement of small layers of grafted fat into the facial skin with a tiny blunt cannula, or tube, is shown to be a safe, effective, and long-lasting facial rejuvenation technique.
The challenge of structured fat grafting is the artistic placement of the fat grafts in a way similar to sculpting with the result of smoother facial contours. Specific placement or position of the grafts gives a more youthful appearance. Other facial fillers exist; however, Dr. Harris believes it is not so much the material used but rather the artistic perception of the surgeon that leads to a graceful, youthful, and rejuvenated appearance. He is always concerned with sculpting natural profiles and contours, and reassures his patients that they will have an appearance similar to the way they used to look – not looking like a different person.
Though not proven scientifically, he firmly believes that structured fat grafting with stem cells into the face seems to have an additional benefit of improving the overall texture, thickness, and quality of the facial skin. This use of additional concentrated stem cells improves the survival of the fat and likely contributes to the improvement in the appearance of the overlying skin. He adds an element of structured fat grafting to most many facelift procedures. Because Dr. Harris believes a smooth rounded cheek is the signature of a youthful face, he will often offer fat grafting to the cheek areas as a stand-alone procedure under local anesthesia. This can be performed with minimal downtime.
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