Fat grafting now key part of facelift surgery

30 June 2015

More plastic surgeons in the US are using fat grafting techniques to complete facelift surgery, a new report has shown.

The approach, which involves transferring small amounts of the patient's own fat in strategic areas, has become a common technique for many surgeons conducting the procedure.

Published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the report is based on research by Dr Sammy Sinno, a plastic surgeon at New York University. 

Along with a team of researchers, Dr Sinno surveyed a random sample of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) members about their use of fat during facelift procedures, which helps give volume in selected areas of the face.

They got more than 300 responses and found that 85 per cent said they used fat grafting during facelift procedures. In addition, the study found that more than 70 per cent had started
performing the technique in the last past years.

The researchers conclude that the survey demonstrates most surgeons currently believe that facial fat repositioning  in combination with volume addition increases the ability to utilise these two complementary techniques to "restore the volumetric highlights noted in youth, thereby enhancing facial shape".

Posted by Edward Bartel

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