Dr. Henry Chen and Dr. Edwin F. Williams, III, MD, FACS
Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Vol 19 | No 4 | August 2011
Volume loss in the upper third of the face contributes significantly to aging. The use of lipotransfer in this area is an important adjunct to traditional surgical techniques. It can also be used as a primary rejuvenation procedure in select patients. More studies are needed to elucidate the optimal method of fat harvest, processing, and injection as well as longevity of transplanted grafts.
First Paragraph of Introduction:
Lipotransfer has become increasingly recognized as an important procedure to correct the volume loss associated with aging. The periorbital region is often the first location to show signs of aging. We define the periorbital region as the brow, upper eyelid, and lower eyelid. Together, the periorbital regions, temples, and forehead comprise the upper third of the face.
As loss of volume of the face becomes better appreciated as an integral part of the aging process, autologous lipotransfer is increasingly used as an important adjunct to traditional surgical techniques as well as primary rejuvenation procedure in select patients. In the upper third of the face, the use of fat transfer has been able to restore youthful contours not previously attainable with surgery. There is clinical evidence that long-term results are attainable. Objective data to explain success or failure are lacking. There is a need for high-quality clinical studies to elucidate the optimal method of fat harvest, processing, and injection as well as longevity of transplanted grafts.
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