Awakening to the sight of freshly fallen snow can be an awe-inspiring experience.
Even the thinnest mantle of those ethereal white crystals can completely transform the landscape.
It fills in the small gaps and crevices along the ground and blankets smaller rocks and plants so the once uneven ground becomes smooth and uniform.
This natural event is similar to the way thatlipografting (or fat grafting) can be used to smooth the wrinkles and lines around your eyes or to to fill the hollows around your brow bones and temples.
However, unlike snow, which is transient and eventually melts away, fat grafting is one of the only cosmetic procedures that provides permanent anti-aging correction. Many clients do not require touch-ups for as long as ten years or more.
The key to erasing fine lines and smoothing the areas around your eyes is to choose anartistic plastic surgeon who is experienced in lipografting and understands that patience and a delicate touch are the only way to yield natural looking and beautiful results.
Facial volume forms soft, youthful contours.
The beauty of a face beholds a blend of striking features and soft, even contours. These contours around the eyes, cheeks and chin are formed by a layer of fat cells that provide padding underneath the skin. Without this padding, faces can appear gaunt or sharp.
The hollows around the eyes and cheeks are more pronounced and older skin develops creases, wrinkles and saggy pockets. Fat injections can be used alone or in combination with other plastic surgery procedures, such as eyelid surgery or facelifts, to replace this lost tissue which yields more natural and attractive results.
During your procedure, the doctor will remove excess fat from your body’s donor sites–usually the hips, thighs and/or abdomen. The extracted fat will be cleaned, purified and analyzed. Because the vitality of your fat cells is preserved in the purifying process, they are easily incorporated into your body’s vascular system thus achieving even, natural and long-lasting results.
Careful and precise harvesting of fat cells is a must, so choose a plastic surgeon who is an expert in fat grafting procedures and is renowned for his skills for optimal results.
Fat grafting for eyelid surgery is a meticulous process. It requires expertise and a certain finesse so that the delicate eye tissues are as smooth, even and soft as they were when you were younger.
Here are some of the techniques that must be used for lipografting around the eyes to yield flawless results.
The bags and pockets that develop under the eyes are comprised of uneven, lumpy fatty deposits. This fat needs to removed. Modern surgeons use transconjunctival eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), as opposed to transcutaneous eyelid surgery that can damage delicate skin tissues and leave undesirable scarring.
With transconjunctival blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision along the conjunctiva, the top portion of your lower lid on the inside of your eyelashes, which leaves no visible scars. Older fatty tissue is extracted, and then smooth, healthy fat is injected to create younger, smooth, and hollow-free skin under the eyes.
Once your harvested fat cells have been purified, spun and analyzed, the viable fat cells must be reinjected. This is where true artistry must be demonstrated by the surgeon. He or she will slowly and patiently inject the cells, using a feathering technique, which ensures that the fat lays smoothly against the facial bones and connective tissue.
The surgeon can use pictures from your past to guide his use of injectable fat around the eyes, cheekbones and brow bone to fill and sculpt surrounding tissues. This method erases wrinkles and recreates the softer, three-dimensional features that were authentic aspects of your younger face..
The final and essential last step – the piece de resistance – is the use of laser skin resurfacing to eliminate remaining fine lines and wrinkles. This FDA approved procedure is completely safe and works at the sub-dermal level to yield long-lasting results.
The use of these highly-specialized techniques, will ensure your restorative lipografting procedures and eyelid surgery achieve the natural and youthful results you desire.
For a free consultation with Dr. Tzikas to see if you’re a candidate for fat grafting in the eye area, please call us at 561.330.9500 or complete our contact form online.