Fat Transfer vs. Synthetic Fillers
Injectable fillers and fat transfer are popular with patients seeking more volume in the face or the reversal of smile and frown lines. The difference between fat and synthetic fillers is sometimes unclear and it is advised that anyone considering facial fillers consult a physician for an accurate recommendation for their needs.
Fat transfer involves harvesting fat from one part of the body and injecting it into another. A major advantage of using transferred fat in the face is that it is extremely unlikely that the body will have any sort of negative reaction. Since fat is a part of the body, it may also present the unintended problem of responding to weight loss and weight gain. Fat harvesting can also be very invasive, which deters many patients.
There are various types of synthetic fillers, and a physician will advise a patient on which one will best fit their needs. Treatment with synthetic fillers is minimally invasive and requires almost no recovery time. This may explain why it has increased in popularity in recent years. A disadvantage of the use of synthetic fillers is that there is a chance that the body will have a negative reaction.
There has been recent debate in the medical community about whether or not the use of fats and synthetics are really interchangeable. Older patients who have lost significant volume in their faces may be better suited for fat transfers as synthetic fillers may fall short of what is needed for total rejuvenation. Synthetics may be more effective on younger patients who need a smaller amount of added volume.
Patients interested in treatment with fillers should always seek a board certified physician for consultation. Fat or synthetic, a poorly performed procedure may result in complications.
For more information or a consult, contact renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rami Batniji of Newport Beach, California, today at 949-650-8882.