Alfred Cohen M.D. is regarded as a top provider of facial plastic surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. The doctor is known for his clinical expertise and innovative techniques that allow for a highly customized surgical approach to facial rejuvenation. At the forefront of these innovative techniques is facial fat grafting, stay with us as we delve into how this procedure can enhance the outcomes of facial surgery dramatically.
Understanding Facial Fat Grafting
Facial fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, involves the extraction of fat from one part of the body, which is then purified and injected into the face. This method is lauded for its natural-looking results and dual benefits: reducing unwanted fat in areas like the abdomen or thighs and restoring youthful fullness to the face. Fat grafting addresses common concerns such as hollow cheeks, thinning lips, and under-eye bags, making it a versatile solution in the realm of cosmetic enhancements.
Facelift Techniques Enhanced with Fat Transfer
Customized Facelift – a customized facelift, facial plastic surgeons tailor the procedure to meet the specific needs of the patient, using a combination of traditional and advanced techniques. Fat transfer adds another layer of customization to this already personalized approach. By restoring volume to areas that have become hollow or sunken due to aging, fat transfer can enhance the natural-looking results of the facelift.
Deep Plane Facelifts – While this technique effectively repositions and tightens the deeper tissues, fat transfer can enhance these results by addressing the volume loss that deep plane facelifts do not directly correct. By adding volume to the face, fat transfer complements the lift achieved in a deep plane facelift, enhancing facial contours, and softening deep creases or folds. This combination ensures that the face does not appear overly tight or flat but retains a natural, youthful fullness.
Vertical Facelifts – focus on lifting the facial tissues vertically, which can reduce tension on the skin and result in a more natural outcome. Fat transfer enhances this technique by providing the volume needed to support the lifted tissues, creating a smoother transition between treated areas. The added volume can also counteract the effects of gravity and aging by restoring fullness to areas like the midface, which often loses volume over time.
The SMAS Facelift – Targets the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, offering a rejuvenation that avoids a pulled appearance by lifting and repositioning the SMAS layer. Fat transfer complements the SMAS facelift by adding softness and volume to the overlying skin. This is particularly beneficial in creating a more youthful facial shape and softening the appearance of the skin, enhancing the natural-looking lift achieved by repositioning the SMAS layer. The combined approach addresses both structural support and volume loss, leading to a balanced rejuvenation.
The Benefits of Combining Procedures
While the different methods of facelift surgery provide structural improvements and reposition facial tissues, fat grafting adds volume and enhances skin texture for a complete rejuvenation effect. For those seeking additional enhancements, Dr. Cohen may also recommend procedures in the chin and neck areas, ensuring the most successful and comprehensive outcomes.
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Dr. Alfred Cohen holds dual board certifications from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology, specializing in head and neck surgery (ABOHNS). The doctor leverages his three decades of experience as one of Beverly Hills’ most trusted facial plastic surgeons.