In the past, gravity was believed to be the culprit responsible for facial aging, but more recent research has shown that volume-loss in the midface is to blame for at least 80% of sagging, wrinkling, and drooping. We now know that what causes deep wrinkles, hollows, and folds, as we age, is deflation, caused by the loss of fat in the cheeks and midface, combined with the migration of remaining fat to lower areas in the face, such as the jawline, says Dr. Franco Reyes Jacome, Plastic Surgeon at Clinica Del Rey. Lipo-filling for facial rejuvenation directly addresses these changes, by taking your own fat, specifically from pockets of fat in your body that contain higher ratios of stem cells, removing any impurities from that fat, and then using this donor fat to replace what you have lost during the aging process. By selecting donor sites that are naturally higher in stem cells, we can provide high quality fat transplants with your own stem cells.
The volume that is lost as the patient ages occurs over the entire head, says Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bernardo Gutierrez. It is not concentrated to individual lines or wrinkles. We need to take a global approach to rejuvenation instead of a focal one, he says, adding that an ideal approach to total facial rejuvenation would be to address the whole face, an endeavor for which synthetic fillers may fall short.
In conjunction with research regarding volume loss in the face with age, Dr. Franco and Dr. Bernardo specialize in the art of science of facial rejuvenation and volumization using the revolutionary technique of fat grafting.