Injectable fillers for midface hypoplasia/flat cheekbones? Can I get cheek implants later?
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I am not a fan of fat injections, since often the fat transplanted, despite the assertions of its proponents to the contrary, does not last much longer than the off-the-shelf products. Moreover, microlipoinjection requires a two step operative procedure consisting of the removal of fat from the belly, buttocks or thighs and reinjection with large bore cannulas into the face following a material processing step. And, finally, because the fat comes from areas that are subject to enlargement via weight gain, the transplanted fat possesses the risk that with the passage of time, the treated areas of the face, as a result of the weight gain changes that occur with aging, may begin to appear overly puffy and swollen.
The other products noted earlier are all natural materials and subject to the body's metabolic processes, so each will be broken down and metabolized in time, making permanent surgical implants entirely possible going forward, if so desired. However, given the ease with which periodic maintenance touch ups may be performed every couple of years with injectables, this approach would continue to remain a viable alternative to surgical implants.
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