Survey shows Fat Grafting is now widely used in Facelift
The official medical journal of ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that fat grafting is widely used in facelift during the recent years. This report is based on a survey conducted by Dr. Sammy Sinno (a New York University Plastic surgeon) and his team. How was the survey conducted? Dr. Sinno and his colleagues asked a random sample of 309 members of ASPS about the use of fat grafting in facelift procedures.
The results of the survey are impressive. A 85% of the surgeons answered positively regarding using fat grafting techniques in facelift, while a 70% started using this method during the last 10 years. The survey also shows that the surgeons are mostly using fat located in the abdominal area. The fat that is gathered is injected in small amounts (from 11 to 25 cc which is a few teaspoons).
Which areas are treated with fat injections? Cheek area. nasolabial folds, the corners of the mouth and the lower eyelid area are the most popular locations where injections target. The surgeons also claim that most of the injected fat will remain on the area for almost a year. If the results are not as expected, extra injections can be carried out 4-6 months after the initial fat injection. The satisfaction rate for both surgeons and patients is great.
Summing up the whole study Dr. Sinno states fat grafting”has become a common technique utilized by most surgeons today performing facial rejuvenation,” and adds “The results of our survey demonstrate most surgeons currently believe that facial fat repositioning in combination with volume addition increases the ability to utilize these two complementary techniques to restore the volumetric highlights noted in youth, thereby enhancing facial shape.”