Can Fat Grafting Make Me Look Younger? | Dr. Robert Rehnke

If you don't feel you look your best as you get older, there are ways to help make you look brighter and more youthful. Fat grafting is one of those procedures.

We’ve all had those moments. You’re out having fun some place. First Friday St. Pete, maybe – and you catch a glimpse of your reflection in a store window. At first, you wonder who that “old” person is. Then, you realize it’s you.

It’s not wrinkles that make you look old and worn out. If’s the kind of gaunt, hollowed out look to your face.

That’s a natural phenomenon. As you age, you start losing the subcutaneous fat that gives you that smooth, wrinkle-free face, says. The result is a change in your face shape and hollow places that appear.

Your first thought might be to get a face lift. And that’s certainly one solution. But there are other choices that are less drastic.

Fat grafting, for one.

Fat grafting is the process during which fat is taken from one part of your body to be injected into another part.

It’s not quite as simple as stick in a needle one place, suck out some fat, then stick the needle in another place and deposit the fat.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains, that, after the fat is taken from the donor area, it “is then processed with decanting and centrifugation to separate debris, excess fluid, and dead cells from the viable adipose fat cells. An alternate method is to wash the fat with a sterile saline solution. The fat that is discarded are the fat cells which will likely not survive in the graft and they can even create problems for the good cells.

In the final step, the fat is re-injected in small droplets throughout the subcutaneous tissue of the recipient area. This is to ensure good blood supply to every fat droplet so that the fat graft can survive.”

And the result for a hollowed out, tired face?

The graft “restores youthful appearance by adding volume to hollowed out or wrinkled areas such as the area below the eye and the nasolabial folds,” the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says. It “adds volume to the cheeks to create the appearance of higher cheekbones [and] improves the texture and appearance of the skin.

If you’re interested, it’s time to consult Dr. Robert Rehnke to see if fat grafting is for you. 

Dr. Rehnke specializes in cosmetic and facial surgery, liposuction, fat grafting, breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. He is an expert in breast surgery without silicone implants.

Dr. Rehnke is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He has been practicing in St. Petersburg for more than 20 years.

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