Facelift alternative- Best Procedure to Look 20 Years Younger

Facelift Alternative-Pittsburgh
surgeon doing skin check on mid age woman before plastic surgery


Generally speaking, modern cosmetic surgery procedures are becoming less and less invasive. This being said, fat transfer to the face is among the least invasive procedures available today.  It is a great facelift alternative. Liposuction techniques have improved. It is to the point where fat can be reliably removed through very small incisions with very little damage to surrounding tissue. By far, the most invasive part of your procedure will be the fat harvesting portion. This is usually done as part of a separate liposuction procedure where lots of fat is being removed. It can be a standalone technique used to remove only a small amount of fat specifically for the procedure.The good news is that modern liposuction techniques have become gentle enough to be done on an outpatient basis. There will certainly be some recovery time involved, especially when large amounts of fat are being suctioned off.

The invasiveness of  our Facelift alternative-grafting fat into the face, is minimal.

  • No incisions are made. Patients typically leave with only minor bruising (or none at all).
  • Any discomfort is easily managed with over the counter pain medication.
  • In reality fat transfer to the face is as non-invasive as the injection of any other type of dermal filler.


Patients are often wary when told that fat transplant to the face is essentially permanent.  Yet the procedure has gained such a solid track record that enough evidence exists to win over even the most skeptical patients. Facial fat transfer is very similar to the use of dermal fillers such as Juvaderm—the only real difference is that the filler material being used is the patient’s own living fat cells. These fat cells become established and become just as permanent as other fat cells in your face. This means that while you can lose this newly introduced fat in the same way as you lost your original fat deposits, a process which in most patients literally took decades. So is using a patient’s own fat as a filler material permanent? For the majority of patients, the answer is a resounding yes.

Results are safe:

When fat transfer is performed, the surgeon will purposely over-fill the target area, since a small amount of the transplanted cells will inevitably die. This usually occurs over the first 6 months following the treatment. What’s left after this point is there to stay. It’s your own tissue! While it is still vulnerable to the aging process it’s as permanent as any other fatty tissue found in your face. It looks and feels like your own tissue because it is. The procedure is quickly gaining a reputation of producing extremely natural looking results.

Candidates For Facial Transplant

Each surgery to restore face volume has various eligibility requirements, and your particular candidacy will be reviewed during your appointment. Patients should be healthy individuals with realistic expectations who can benefit from cosmetic surgery, according to the basic standards. Before receiving therapy for facial fat transfer, patients must have enough fat to harvest and be at a stable weight. Fillers are quite low risk, and the candidacy requirements for these procedures are not particularly stringent.

Also, you must be a non-smoker as smoking can interfere with your healing process by slowing it down. So if you smoke it’s better to quite smoking at least 4 months before your surgery. After the surgery you must also get enough rest to recover properly. Which means you need to avoid chores, your job, heavy lifting work or anything that can put stress on your face. If you take stress then you will not recover properly and many undesired results may appear, which can totally ruin your surgery and effort.

So, make sure you fill all the requirements given above before going for a facial fat transfer surgery.

How does smoking or alcohol consumption affect facelift results?

Smoking and alcohol consumption can significantly affect facelift results in several ways:


1. Impaired Blood Flow

 – Mechanism: Nicotine constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the skin.

 – Effect: Impaired blood flow can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of complications such as skin necrosis.

2. Delayed Healing

 – Mechanism: Smoking decreases oxygen delivery to tissues.

 – Effect: Delayed wound healing and increased risk of infections.

3. Increased Scarring

 – Mechanism: Reduced collagen production and impaired tissue repair.

   – Effect: Higher likelihood of noticeable and less aesthetically pleasing scars.

Alcohol Consumption: 

1. Dehydration

 – Mechanism: Alcohol acts as a diuretic, leading to dehydration.

 – Effect: Dehydrated skin is less elastic and can affect the quality of the facelift results.

2. Blood Thinning

 – Mechanism: Alcohol can thin the blood.

 – Effect: Increased risk of bleeding during and after surgery, leading to complications and longer recovery times.

Are facelifts effective for both men and women?

Yes, facelifts can be effective for both men and women. The procedure is designed to address common signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of facial volume, which can affect individuals of any gender. However, the surgical techniques and approaches may vary slightly based on factors such as skin thickness, hairline, and facial structure.

What kind of results can I realistically expect from a facelift?

The results of a facelift can vary depending on individual factors such as skin elasticity, bone structure, and the surgical technique used. However, here are some realistic expectations:

1. Improved Facial Contours: A facelift can restore a more youthful appearance by lifting and tightening sagging skin, particularly in the lower face and neck.

2. Reduced Wrinkles and Lines: Deep wrinkles and lines, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines, can be softened or eliminated, giving the face a smoother appearance.

If you want to try it out for a few months and see how it will look, try a facial Filler instead.