As we age, the fat in our faces shifts position, and we end up with too much fat in some areas, and not enough fat in others. For example, the fat in the cheeks may gradually sink to the lower face, causing our cheeks to appear flat and hollow, as well as causing circles and bags to develop under the eye area. The fat that accumulates in the lower face may in turn develop into jowls, as well as submental fullness or a double chin.
The change of our face may change as a result of these shifts, causing the face to appear older. Fortunately for residents of the greater Grand Rapids area, all of these concerns may be easily addressed and treated by a good cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Brad Bengtson at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Bengtson is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped countless patients recover a more youthful appearance by means of reliable and effective cosmetic treatments, including both surgical and non-surgical options. Plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures make it possible to eliminate fat or to add fat in order to decrease or increase volume in certain areas of the face. Depending on what your specific concerns may be, the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery can provide personalized cosmetic solutions to help you look and feel younger.
What Causes Excess Facial Fat?
Excess facial fat is generally caused by weight gain, which may be the result of improper eating habits and lack of exercise; however, diet and exercise may not always help to reduce fat in the face once it has accumulated there. Excess facial fat may also be caused by the aging process, or it may be a hereditary condition.
Fat typically accumulates in the cheeks, jowls, under the chin, and in the throat and neck. Other factors such as medications or underlying medical conditions may also contribute to a chubby face or the development of a double chin or jowls.
There are several options for the removal of facial fat, depending on your condition, skin type, and age.
If your face fat is primarily concentrated below the chin, producing a double chin, you may be able to get rid of it with just a few simple injection treatments. Kybella® is an injectable treatment that has been approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of submental fullness, which refers to the fat that accumulates under the chin.
One option that is effective for removing excess fatty deposits from the submental area beneath the chin is Liposuction. This procedure extracts fat through a gentle vacuum procedure and helps to reshape the face, enhancing the facial definition.
If you have sunken areas in the face such as the cheek hollow or extremely deep folds in the face. One option is to enhance your facial features by means of a fat transfer procedure.
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, may be used to add volume to areas where fat has been lost due to aging or significant weight loss, and the skin is becoming lax and sagging. Fat transfer injections use fat extracted from your own body that is suctioned and then injected into areas where you want to add volume. Fat transfer procedures provide a permanent solution to fat loss in the facial area, but the procedure may have to be repeated, as your body may naturally absorb some of the fat that has been injected.
Fat transfer procedures are safe because the body will not have any adverse reactions to itself using your own fat, so this treatment is gaining in popularity among plastic surgeons and patients alike. Although fat transfer injections will not stop the natural process of aging, facial augmentation using your own fat may help to improve your appearance for many years, delaying the need for more invasive surgical procedures, such as a facelift or other facial surgery. Fat transfer injections may also be combined with other cosmetic procedures to provide extra volume in areas where it is needed.
If you live in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Birmingham, or nearby areas in Michigan, contact Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation and start your journey toward a younger-looking new you!
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