While dermal fillers are still a popular way for many to reverse signs of aging, there is a more efficient solution today. Fat transfer can also be an option to smooth away wrinkles and restore facial volume to areas like the cheeks and jawline. Dr. Lensink has taken fat transfer to the next level with the introduction of ALMI, a technique that combines your fat cells with platelet rich plasma (PRP) to naturally rejuvenate your appearance both now and in the future.
The Collagen Factor
Collagen, a protein the body produces throughout our lives, is the key to smooth, supple skin in our youth. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t produce collagen at the same levels as we age. By the time we reach our 40s, collagen levels have decreased by about 20 percent. By the time we hit our 50s, depletion has increased to 30 percent. As collagen diminishes, we see signs of aging like loose skin and the formation of wrinkles.
While some dermal fillers are designed to stimulate collagen production, PRP is a proven method to turn back the aging process and restore a youthful look using the body’s natural processes.
The Lowdown on ALMI
Fat transfer is a procedure that takes unwanted fat cells from one area of the body and injects them into the face to minimize aging symptoms. While fat cells work in a similar fashion to synthetic dermal fillers, the patient’s cells offer and even more natural, long-lasting look. When those fat cells are combined with platelets from the patient’s blood, the growth factors and other beneficial substances in the plasma work at a cellular level to support your anti-aging results even further.
Using ALMI for Facial Rejuvenation
When ALMI is used for facial rejuvenation, it can address the following concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Early formation of jowls along the jawline
- Cheeks that have sunken due to lost volume
- Skin that has lost its healthy luster
The fat cells in ALMI work in a similar fashion to traditional dermal fillers, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and adding volume and fullness to areas that become hollow over time. The platelets in the mix reverse skin damage that can lead to skin laxity and a dull skin tone.
Benefits of ALMI over dermal fillers
Like dermal fillers, ALMI is administered by injection. The fat and PRP are removed and processed in a centrifuge before they are placed in vials. The injections are placed in strategic locations on the face where they will produce a natural, balanced appearance. While the two procedures have some similarities, there are distinct benefits ALMI offers over dermal fillers:
- Injections consist of the body’s cells and platelets
- Results are both natural and permanent for most patients
- Fat removal also results in desirable body contouring in another area
ALMI is still a new procedure that is not offered by many physicians at this time. Dr. Lensink is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Redding area to provide this method of skin rejuvenation to his patients.
Is ALMI right for you?
ALMI is an appropriate procedure for most patients looking for a natural, non-surgical way to reverse telltale signs of aging. To find out if ALMI will provide you with the results you are looking for, contact Dr. Lensink’s office at 530-229-7700.