Two-Year Follow-Up of Autologous Fat Grafting With Laser-Assisted Facelifts

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Abstract

Skin tightening and improved facial contouring can be achieved through a variety of modalities including traditional facelifts, autologous fat injections, laser resurfacing, laser liposuction fibers, and includes the popular use of botox and synthetic fillers. Facial fat grafting has been helpful in treating the volume deficient aging face and can easily be injected following subcutaneous laser therapy. We will demonstrate in this clinical study that lasers and fat grafting can be used safely in combination with facelifts to improve skin contouring and tightness compared with single therapy. From 2012 to 2014, 31 patients received facial laser fiber contouring, facial fat injections and 25 of these patients underwent a concomitant facelift. Facial contouring was achieved using a subcutaneous laser fiber with the wavelengths 1064 nm and 1320 nm. After the laser treatment, fat injections were performed with 1-mL syringes and small injection cannulas. Standard surgical facelifts with were then performed. Results showed excellent improvement in perioral, periorbital, and cheek rejuvenation with excellent fat retention in the temples at 2 years.

In conclusion, laser fiber contouring with autologous facial fat injections represents an excellent therapy for facial contouring and can be used safely and effectively in combination with facelifts.

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