Francois J Duminy

PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON

Facial Volume Correction

From about the age of Forty, we all start to lose volume in our faces specific parts of our faces.

This peripheral volume loss occurs in all animals and it is progressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In humans the areas most commonly affected are:

  1. The Malar area (Cheekbones)
  2. The temples
  3. The brow
  4. the Nasolabial fold (Corner of mouth to nose)
  5. The Nasojugal fold (Tear Trough)
  6. The upper lip
  7. The pre-Jowl area
  8. The forehead

 

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In the past, many different substances have been used to replace these volume losses, some of them too horrible to mention.

More recently, there was a time when bovine collagen was popular until "Mad Cow" disease dampened the enthusiasm for extracts of cow.

For around the past 15 years, most of the popular fillers have been based on Hyaluronic Acid Gels.

(Hyaluronic Acid is an important component of the membrane of nearly every living cell in the animal kingdom.

Volume restoration can also be very successfully done with the patient's own fat.

Fat has the added advantage that it contains millions of adult adipose derived Stem Cells that play an important role in improving the quality of the overlying skin.

When using Fat Grafts one can also use large volumes without the high costs associated with synthetic materials

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