The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently held their Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Dr Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in Victoria gives us an insight into some of the newest facelifting trends and techniques that were discussed at the meeting and are being seen as the way forward.
Up until now, the most popular and widely performed facelift techniques have been to tighten the skin and underlying facial muscles which also deteriorate or weaken with age. Of course, as we get older our skin sags and so tightening the skin is an obvious solution. But is it the right one? Whilst with a good surgeon the results can be extremely successful, these techniques can have mixed results; often creating quite extreme or unnatural looking changes.
Dr Kalus tells us that at the ASAPS meeting it was widely accepted that there was “no difference in results between the different types of facelifting operations! This will come as a shock to many plastic surgeons who have long advocated extensive muscle dissection and muscle cutting operations. These operations are known to have extensive side effects.”
So, what new techniques are being debated as the better method for facial rejuvenation? Dr Kalus says, “The single factor which most enhanced the result of a facelift operation was the use of fat grafting. It is almost a matter of “the more fat, the better”. This recognition that volume loss is more important than skin sagging as a cause of facial ageing has led surgeons to change their recommendations.
Most surgeons in the United States now perform a less invasive type of facelift operation (tightening the skin and underlying muscles) but then adding fat to the lips, nasolabial grooves, cheeks, temples etc.”
The interesting thing about this recognition of fat grafting or fat transfer is that it has already been in use for a number of years in Australia, and indeed Dr Allan Kalus is one of the surgeons leading the charge. Dr Kalus has been performing fat transfer to the face and other areas of the body for quite a number of years and says it is definitely seeing a rise in popularity for those wanting a more organic or natural means of turning back the clock. You would be surprised at the number of people with high profiles in the media who have already benefited from this procedure.
Some of the bonuses of using fat transfer as a method of facial rejuvenation are:
- Your body’s natural fat is used to restore volume to the face and plump up or revive the lips, cheeks and brows – the first areas to show signs of ageing.
- Less invasive than other techniques of skin/muscle tightening meaning less recovery time.
- Less bleeding, bruising and scarring due to the minimally invasive technique.
- Much less risk of nerve damage.
Facial fat transfer can be used alone or in conjunction with tightening of facial muscles and skin and Dr Kalus says their particular method is minimally invasive leading to faster recovery and minimal scarring.
We think this recognition of fat transfer as the way forward for facelifts is definitely a topic to follow and we will bring you more on fat transfer with some real stories in the coming months. In the meantime, if you would like more information on fat transfer click here, or if you would like more information on Dr Allan Kalus and his clinic Avenue Plastic Surgery click here.