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Dr. Isaacs is the Course Director of the Facial Fat Grafting Didactic and Cadaver hands-on teaching Skills Transfer Course at the Annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. He is also a Course Instructor for the Face Lifting Course at the Annual Academy Meeting.
He also teaches facial fat grafting at the UCLA Aesthetic Course, another lecture and cadaver hands-on teaching course.
Facial fat grafting can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. In fact, Dr. Isaacs has lectured nationally and internationally on the benefits of performing facial fat grafting in conjunction with a facelift.
Facial aging is more than just a sagging or gravitational effect. It can cause two changes. One is indeed a gravitational change, whereby the structures appear to droop, sag, or become “ptotic.” The second is a 3-dimensional change of deflation. To better understand this concept, think of your face as a balloon. When a balloon is fully inflated it is not only elevated and higher on a vertical axis, but also expanded or lengthened on its z-axis. There are no lines, wrinkles, crevices, or hollows. Now imagine some of the air being let out of the balloon. When a balloon deflates, which in this example would be analogous to the aging face, there is not only descent, or sagging, or “ptosis,” but also a deflation or hollowing that occurs. You can start to see lines, wrinkles, crevices, hollows, and even a gravitational change take effect.
Understanding these concepts in facial aging can shed light on treatment paradigms. A thorough understanding of the facial anatomy and how the structures and relationships change with age is used to help guide treatment.
Facial fat grafting is utilized for a permanent volume enhancement. Fat is obtained from the abdomen, buttocks, and/or thighs. After being prepared, it is then transferred to various areas of the face for a volumizing effect.