Better Fat Grafting to Restore Facial Volume and Improve Nasolabial Folds – Look Beautiful Again with BeautiFill

BeautiFill, jowls,fat grafting, Inland Empire, Dr. Hsu, Dr. Brian Machida

As we age, we often lose the volume and pleasing rounded edges that made our faces beautiful or handsome when we were younger.  Naturally, many would like to restore their good looks.  People often consider improving their hollow cheeks, nasolabial folds and marionette lines with dermal fillers or fat grafting, in Inland Empire where I practice and across the country.  In this article we’ll consider:

  • Why have a fat transfer procedure when dermal fillers are so easy?
  • Why doesn’t everyone use fat grafting for volume loss and nasolabial folds now?
  • What advantages does BeautiFill have over traditional fat grafting and fillers?

Editor’s Note:  Dr. Brian Machida is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon. In his career he has performed some 4,000 facial plastic surgery procedures, including facelift, neck lift and fat grafting procedures in Inland Empire and Beverly Hills, California. Today he practices as STC Plastic Surgery in Ontario, CA. He is the first to offer BeautiFill in Inland Empire.


Why use Fat Transfer when dermal fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane are so easy?

There’s no question that Juvéderm, Restylane and other dermal fillers are easy to use.  They provide immediate results.  So, why should you consider fat grafting to restore volume and improve nasolabial folds and marionette lines?

The main reasons are the length of time your younger look will last and your total cost.  Most dermal fillers today are based on hyaluronic acid, a natural body substance.  And while hyaluronic acid fillers will give you great instant results, those results won’t last long.  Your body begins absorbing most fillers shortly after your injections.  Manufacturers often recommend coming in for a new round of shots every year or so.

In contrast, the results of a good fat grafting procedure often last for years.  They could literally last a lifetime.  In this procedure, we transfer fat cells from one part of your body to another.  And if your body accepts hyaluronic acid fillers, it should certainly accept your own fat cells.

And while a round of Juvéderm or Restylane shots costs less than a fat grafting procedure, the cost of getting new shots every year will quickly add up.  Soon, it will total more than fat transfer.

So, while the lower price may be attractive while you’re working and have a better income, imagine what will happen when you retire.  Or, worse, if you lose your job after your mid-50’s.  If you must choose between maintaining your looks and making your house or car payment, most people will have to forego their upcoming round of shots.  Soon, they’ll be looking older.

However, if you have a lasting fat grafting procedure when you can afford it, you may be set for years.  You can continue to enjoy looking your best.  And if you did need to look for a new job, you can do it with the advantage of looking younger rather than older.

nasolabial folds Inland Empire, BeautiFill, Dr. Brian Machida, Dr. Jeffrey Hsu
Soften nasolabial folds with BeautiFill. Compliments of Dr. Jeffrey Hsu, MD

Why doesn’t everyone use fat grafting to add volume and improve nasolabial folds now? 

With all the advantages fat transfer offers, you might well wonder why it’s not always the procedure of choice.  The biggest reason is that with traditional fat grafting methods many transplanted fat cells will not survive even for a year.  BeautiFill, which we’ll discuss in detail below, solves this problem beautifully.  But here, we’re talking about the fat transfer most doctors now perform.

“The Science behind Autologous Fat Grafting” (Annals of Medicine and Surgery, November 10, 2017) states:

In 1987, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons reported the problems and difficulties that have been encountered with autologous fat transplantation and concludes that only 30% of injected fat can be expected to survive for 1-year.

Since then, “take” rates have improved to the point where we’d expect that 50% to 70% of grafted fat cells will survive.  Unfortunately, when up to half of the fat cells providing new volume to your face die, you can be left with results that won’t make you happy.  This is not just a matter of volume loss, nasolabial folds and marionette lines starting to return.  If the surviving cells are not evenly distributed, you could be left with lumps and bumps that you won’t want to see.  That’s why I am thrilled to offer my patients BeautiFill fat grafting in Inland Empire, California.

nasolabial folds, marionette lines, Inland Empire, BeautiFill, fat grafting, fat transfer, Dr. Jeffrey Hsu, Dr. Brian Machida
Before & After BeautiFill for nasolabial folds, marionette lines. Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Hsu

 BeautiFill offers big advantages over traditional fat grafting and fillers

The reason why traditional fat transfer doesn’t perform better is the reason I became the first facial plastic surgeon to offer BeautiFill in Inland Empire, CA.  With BeautiFill, 90-95% of cells transferred through fat grafting survive!

The traditional fat transfer procedures performed in most doctors’ offices today follow these steps:

  1. Use liposuction to suck fat out of a body location where it’s not wanted
  2. Wash fat cells with saline to remove cellular debris
  3. Separate the fat cells with a centrifuge
  4. Manually load fat cells into syringes (even packing them with gloved fingers)
  5. Inject fat cells into the desired location

One problem with this method is that is that many fat cells are lost during this rough treatment.  Harvest rates can be as low as 30-50%.  After washing, only 20-25% of fat cells removed with traditional methods may still be viable.   With BeautiFill, harvest rates are much higher.  For instance, 50cc of unwanted fat may yield 40-45cc of usable fat cells.  That’s a huge improvement!

Additionally, the fat grafting method used at most offices exposes fat cells designed to remain safely in the body to outside air.  Scientific American magazine reported on research revealing:  “as many as 2,000 different kinds of microbes may be present in the air we breathe on any given day.”

Traditional fat transfer exposes your fat cells to that environment.  And even careful washing cannot remove all cellular debris.  This is no doubt why traditional fat grafting often results in temporary inflammation.  It’s caused by your white blood cells defending against invaders.  Unfortunately, while they kill bacteria, your newly grafted fat cells can die as well.

In contrast, the BeautiFill system is completely sealed from outside air.  The cannula used to remove unwanted fat has a patented laser at the tip.  This melts fat cells, which it gently suctions into the removal tube.  Fat cells travel to a filter that washes out blood and fibrous tissue.  The system now automatically seals your fat cells into syringes.  Your physician can now inject them where you need to replace fat.

They can use fat cells to soften nasolabial folds and marionette lines and add volume to wherever you need it.  And since the BeautiFill system has treated them so gently, many more fat cells – up to 95% – will survive.

BeautiFill – better fat grafting that’s not yet easy to find

Clearly, BeautiFill allows physicians to offer great, lasting results.  Unfortunately, this improved method is not yet found at many cosmetic medical practices.  If you’re looking to restore sunken cheeks, improve marionette lines and soften nasolabial folds with BeautiFill in Inland Empire, California, you can find me at STC Plastic Surgery in Ontario.      CONTACT Dr. Machida Inland Empire, CA

nasolabial folds, Inland Empire, BeautiFill, fat grafting, fat transfer, Inland Empire, Dr. Brian Machida
BeautiFill Before, After and Now – compliments of Dr. Jeffrey Hsu, MD

Please share this article using the links below:

About Dr. Brian Machida, MD, FACS

Dr. Brian K. Machida, MD, FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. He has an exceptional level of experience, having performed ( read more )

Articles by Dr. Brian Machida, MD, FACS

Better Fat Grafting to Restore Facial Volume and Improve Nasolabial Folds – Look Beautiful Again with BeautiFill

As we age many of us start to lose volume in our faces. Marionette lines and nasolabial folds start to appear. Inland Empire expert facial plastic surgeon describes a revolutionary fat grafting improvement, BeautiFill. Is it a better option than Juvederm and Restylane? [Read More]

Do I Really Need Facial Plastic Surgery?

Many who want to look younger wonder if they really need facial plastic surgery. Inland Empire, California facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Machida, who taught for years at USC’s Medical School provides some key factors in determining whether you need a surgical procedure. [Read More]

Rhinoplasty: Getting the Right Nose Job for You

Considering rhinoplasty? Before you choose a surgeon for your nose job, you’ll want to consider advice from an expert facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Machida, who taught facial plastic surgery for years at the University of Southern California’s medical school. [Read More]

Why experience makes such a difference in facial plastic surgery results

If you’re considering plastic surgery or facial plastic surgery, your surgeon’s level of experience in your procedure can make a big difference in your results. An expert facial plastic surgeon from Inland Empire in metro Los Angeles explains how. [Read More]

Improve or Eliminate Acne Scars with No Downtime – Look Better in Any Season with Bellafill

Many would like to get rid of acne scars, but want to avoid the discomfort, sunlight restrictions and downtime of laser resurfacing. A new, FDA-approved treatment, Bellafill, can get great results with no downtime in any season. [Read More]

Upgrade your Complexion without the Discomfort of CO2 Laser – Improve Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Acne Scars, Age Spots and Brown Spots with PicoSure

Is there a way to improve or eliminate complexion problems like acne scars, brown spots, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles with little discomfort and no downtime? Inland Empire, California expert facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Machida tells you how. [Read More]

Microneedling – Do You Really Need a Qualified Doctor? Is Microneedling at Home Just as Safe and Effective?

Microneedling is used by trained medical professionals to effectively treat acne, scars, wrinkles and rejuvenate skin. How safe and effective is it to do this at home? [Read More]

Is WarmSculpting a Better Alternative for Stubborn Belly Fat, Love Handles and other Body Fat?

Nearly everyone has heard of CoolSculpting. Could WarmSculpting, another FDA-approved non-invasive therapy, be an even better alternative for stubborn belly fat, love handles and other body fat? [Read More]

Non Surgical Neck Lift – Is NeckTite or Renuvion your Best Option for Tightening Loose Skin?

Looking for a less invasive way to firm up your neck? NeckTite and Renuvion are two of the most effective treatments. Which should you choose? A highly-experienced expert facial plastic surgeon from Inland Empire California gives you his recommendations. [Read More]

Best Filler for Nasolabial Folds?

Many wonder how to treat their deepening nasolabial folds. An expert facial plastic surgeon explains which fillers are the best for your individual situation. [Read More]