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Fat Transfer, Fillers, or a Facelift? How to Select the Right Procedure

Dr. Roberto Garcia | 01/29/2020

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Facial rejuvenation has never been easier. With all the advancements in the cosmetic world, anyone can find an option that fits what they need to erase the signs of getting older. It has never been a better time to look into both noninvasive as well as surgical options to obtain the look that you desire. Who doesn't want fewer wrinkles and to look a few years younger? Both men and women are constantly on the lookout for the next best thing to eliminate the signs of aging. Fat transfers, fillers, and facelifts are still the heavy hitters in the fountain of youth game.

Dr. Roberto Garcia is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also the founder of Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, a state-of-the-art surgical center for facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. It's Dr. Garcia's mission to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results that meet his patient's aesthetic and functionality goals. With so many facial rejuvenation techniques on the market today, he recognizes it can be difficult to decide which one may be best suit your specific needs. Here is some helpful information on the benefits and differences between fat transfers, fillers, or a facelift and how to select the right procedure.

The need for facial rejuvenation

The signs of aging make their mark on everyone eventually. While it may not happen overnight, this natural progression shows up on our face with the most obvious symptoms of aging. Wrinkles creep in, skin loses elasticity, and certain areas of the face like the cheeks are now hollowed versus plumped. The nonsurgical and surgical options available to men and women in Jacksonville, FL area today are ever-changing. The first step includes an initial consultation and assessment with Dr. Garcia to expertly guide you and explain the available techniques that can help you reach your desired aesthetic goals.

Facial fat transfer

Individuals who are more concerned about a more extreme loss of volume in their face should consider facial fat grafting or fat transfer. This option is commonly a better fit for older patients and provides a significant restoration of volume to the face. As we age, our cheeks, eyes, and jawline lose that plump fullness to them. Cheeks can look hollow and eyes can look sunken in, adding more years to our facial appearance. Facial fat transfer is the natural way of restoring volume and fullness into those certain areas with your own fat.

Through liposuction, fat is typically extracted from the thighs or abdomen. It is then processed in order to inject only healthy fat back into the predetermined, targeted areas to give patients a radiant, fuller look. This procedure is beneficial for patients in two ways: removing unwanted fat in one area and using it volumize another.

Injectable dermal fillers

Patients in Jacksonville, FL area love the effects of noninvasive options like dermal fillers. Cosmetic injectables feature no downtime, no surgery, and individuals can still get fantastic results. Facial fillers like Juvéderm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra are excellent choices to stave off surgical procedures if you are battling wrinkles or loss of volume in your face. These dermal injections add volume, improve facial contouring, and fill in wrinkles or “laugh lines” around the mouth while stimulating collagen production. Patients can get immediate results and far less invasive than surgical procedures. The only downfall to dermal fillers is that they are a temporary solution and ongoing maintenance is required.


Dr. Garcia is also a trusted expert in facial cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients with stubborn, loose skin and less elasticity in their faces can often experience saggy cheeks, jowls, folds around the nose and mouth, and sagging neck skin. A facelift has long-term results and restores the facial contour to a more youthful appearance. This procedure removes excess fat, tightens muscles, and pulls the skin of your face and neck into a tighter shape. Whether you need a traditional facelift or a mid-face lift, which focuses on the lower eyelid to the upper lip, you can anticipate a younger-looking appearance. It is also common for patients to include a neck lift along with a facelift to reduce excess fat deposits and eliminate sagging neck skin.

How do I choose the right one?

Men or women who require a more significant volume to restore to improve skin tone and texture, along with wrinkle reduction, should probably further investigate facial fat transfers. It gives patients results that can last for years and is a more natural way of rejuvenating your face by using your fat.

If you are new on the scene of cosmetic restoration, then dermal fillers may be an excellent choice. Even though the results are temporary, today's dermal fillers are so advanced that some patients enjoy months if not years out of one treatment. You can experience significant wrinkle reduction while restoring volume to your lips or cheek area. Patients get immediate results and it is typically less expensive than fat grafting which is a good place to start.

Lastly, those individuals with more extensive loose skin and deep-set wrinkles in the mid-to-lower face, jawline, and neck can significantly benefit from the long-term benefits of facelift surgery.

Making the right choice for you

An experienced, qualified, and board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Garcia is the first step toward a younger, rejuvenated face. After a thorough examination, he will help determine which cosmetic option is right for you. Whether you choose to go with dermal fillers, facial fat transfer, or a facelift, the fantastic results speak for themselves. Contact Dr. Roberto Garcia of Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL today for a consultation. His surgical experience and creative talent enable him to give his patients the beautiful results they want.


Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville

Under the direction of visionary double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia, Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery offers the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in a relaxed and serene setting. Schedule a virtual or in-person consultation today to get the first glimpse of your future self.

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