As you age, your facial skin loses elasticity and sometimes begins to sag around your jawline, cheeks, and eyes, making you look tired or older than you feel. Gina L. Ressler, M.D. and her aestheticians at Signature Skin Care specialize in the revolutionary ALMI™ fat transfers, or fat grafting, for men and women in the Oklahoma City area, who want to look and feel younger and refreshed, as naturally as possible. Learn more about ALMI fat transfers to help reverse the signs of aging by calling the office in Edmond, Oklahoma, or schedule an appointment online.
ALMI Fat Transfer Q & A
What is an ALMI™ facial fat transfer?
An ALMI fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, takes fat from another part of your body, such as your belly or flanks, so it can be liquified and injected into the sunken or sagging areas of your face, just like a dermal filler. As part of the aging process, it’s common to lose fat in your face, causing your features to appear tired and looser than they once were. The loss of facial fat can leave you with baggy eyes, drooping eyelids, and a sagging brow line.
The ALMI fat transfer is markedly different from fat transfers of the past, in that it is highly safe, effective, and makes uses of the same technology used in stem cell procedures to promote healing and new cell growth. In addition to using your body’s own fat cells, the ALMI fat transfer procedure includes a second injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood to promote new cell growth in the area where the fat is injected.
This revolutionary fat transfer process is an in-office, nonsurgical procedure that uses your own fat tissue and regenerative cells to restore volume to the areas of your face where you need it most. The result is a fuller, younger-looking appearance, more natural than with other types of fillers, since the fatty tissue and PRP come from your own body.
What are the benefits of a fat transfer with PRP?
Fat grafting with PRP is a safer way to improve the appearance of your facial skin than many other treatment options. The fat that’s transferred to your face comes from your own body after it’s carefully processed, so Dr. Ressler or one of her aestheticians can inject it into specific areas of your face. Since your own fat is not a foreign substance, it’s often safer for your body than other types dermal fillers.
Platelet-rich plasma is the portion of your blood that contains proteins, or growth factors. When your provider injects the PRP into the same area of the fat transfer, the PRP helps you body heal itself and regenerate new tissue, including new collagen.
Other benefits of the ALMI fat transfer with PRP include:
- Rejuvenates damaged tissue
- Restores texture, tone, and elasticity
- Smoothes out lines and wrinkles
- Fills in hollowed out areas
- Improves over time as new collagen grows
- Lasts a long time, up to two years*
Using fat to combat the signs of aging is especially helpful for men and women who may have allergies or sensitivities to some of the ingredients in traditional dermal fillers. Dr. Ressler provides adults with the ALMI method of fat transfers, for a minimally invasive, all-natural experience that can help turn back the clock on aging in about 45 minutes, with minimal or no downtime.
What should I expect during an ALMI fat transfer appointment?
During your ALMI fat transfer appointment, the first part of your procedure involves harvesting a small amount of fat tissue from your body. Your aesthetician numbs the area of your body — typically your abdomen or flanks — with a local anesthetic and harvests the fat using a tiny, needle-sized cannula (tube). The fat then gets processed into a refined, injectable liquid.
Next, your provider draws a small amount of blood from your arm to be used for the PRP injections. Your blood also gets processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other blood components. Your aesthetician first injects a precise amount of fat into the area of your face you’d like rejuvenated, followed by the PRP.
As with other types of injectables or dermal fillers, you don’t feel pain since the area is numbed. After the ALMI fat transfer, you can go about your daily activities virtually without side effects or downtime.
If you’re interested in reversing the signs of aging and restoring damaged skin tissue, naturally, an ALMI fat grafting procedure may be right for you. Find out if you’re a good candidate for this innovative method of addressing the numerous signs of aging. Call the office for a consultation, or schedule one online.
*Individual results may vary.