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As part of the aging process collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elasticity of the skin decrease. This process causes fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume. Most commonly affected areas are around the eyes, the mouth, cheeks, around the nose, the brow area, and the jawline. Anyone considering facial or body rejuvenation procedures need to first consider what treatment options are available. Nowadays there are many alternative options that do not involve major surgery and extensive downtime.

If you are looking to fill out specific areas that have lost volume and create plumpness the two best non-surgical treatment options are Tissue Fillers and Fat Transfer. In order to make the right decision for both your lifestyle and your budget, it is important to first understand the difference between these two procedures and why one is better suited in specific areas.

Tissue Fillers

Also known as Injectable fillers or Dermal fillers, is a soft tissue filler is injected into the skin to help fill in facial lines, wrinkles, and lost volume. Tissue Fillers are only a temporary treatment for targeting the signs of aging due to the materials being absorbed by the body over time. Tissue Fillers are safe and effective to use for most people and require little to no downtime. Fillers have been used under the eyes, in the nasolabial folds, the hands and for lip augmentation.

Fat Transfer

Is the procedure in which your own body fat is used to fill and plump up areas of the face and body. In order to perform this procedure, the specialist removes some excess fat through Liposuction typically from the thigh or abdomen area. Using a technical method the specialist isolated and prepares the fat for usage. The fat is then injected into the targeted facial or body area. Fat Transfer has also been used for treating areas that have experienced trauma such as scarring.

What is the difference?

Although Fat transfer is now one of the best procedures for both facial and body rejuvenation, there are some areas where fat grafting is not as effective as many of the other Tissue Fillers available on the market today. Similarly, Tissue Fillers cannot be performed on larger areas of the body such as the breast and buttocks.

However, the most distinct difference between Fat Transfer and Tissue Fillers is that the Fat Transfer method is made using your own fat and does not introduce any foreign material or substances into the body. This is a particularly beneficial advantage for those who are sensitive to products or prone to allergies.

Another contributing factor is the length of time that the volume enhancing treatment lasts in your body before naturally being absorbed. Fat Transfers have proven to last anywhere from months to as much as two years and in some cases, the effects can last indefinitely. While no Specialist can guarantee these long term results the possibility is there and depends on factors such as lifestyle, diet, and smoking. Tissue Fillers that contain hyaluronic acid will break down over the course of several months while some fillers can last up to a year or more but typically you will require further treatments.

In contrast to this, Tissue Fillers are the best options available for lip augmentation and non-surgical rhinoplasty. While Fat can be transferred to the lip area, Fillers are the preferred method to plump up the lips and is still the preferred method to add volume to these areas.

The Solution

In order to decide on which treatment option is best suited to you, speak to an Aesthetic Specialist at The Melrose Aesthetic Centre. The Specialist will examine the areas, assess whether or not you have sufficient fat available to undergo the Fat Transfer procedure or as an alternative suggest the best possible Tissue Filler available.

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