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Restoring Lost Facial Volume | Ask the Expert
Both <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/asktheexpert/QuestionAnswer.page?questionid=636">dermal fillers</a> and fat are excellent ways to plump up the face and restore lost facial volume associated with aging. Advantages of using one's own fat include longer lasting results, the ability to treat multiple areas at once, and reduced costs over time. Regenerative factors such as stem cells may also be contained in your fat, which could produce additional benefits, although our understanding of this is currently very limited. <strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/skin_care/system1_surgery.page">Plastic Surgery Considerations</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/asktheexpert/QuestionAnswer.page?questionid=1468">Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures</a> <a href=https://www.mylifestages.org/health/skin_care/skin_care.page">Skin care articles, videos, and other resources</a>
Aging Gracefully,

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I remember a number of years ago, before dermal fillers, cosmetic surgeons would use a patient’s fat to plump up areas on the face that had lost volume. Is this still done, and are there any advantages to this over using fillers?

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Larry Fan, M.D.Larry Fan, M.D.Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic SurgeryCalifornia Pacific Medical Center
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Larry Fan, M.D.Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic SurgeryCalifornia Pacific Medical Center

Dr. Larry Fan is Medical Director of the Bay Area Center for Plastic Surgery, a premiere medical practice specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery. He is a Harvard trained plastic surgeon who is dedicated to the very highest standards of patient care. Dr. Fan was voted One of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in 2010. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Both dermal fillers and fat are excellent ways to plump up the face and restore lost facial volume associated with aging.

Advantages of using one's own fat include longer lasting results, the ability to treat multiple areas at once, and reduced costs over time.

Regenerative factors such as stem cells may also be contained in your fat, which could produce additional benefits, although our understanding of this is currently very limited.

Read more:
Plastic Surgery Considerations
Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
Skin care articles, videos, and other resources

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