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one year ago

Nasolabial folds

Had fat transfer from abdomen to fill in nasolabial folds. Initially looked great but after 4 months can’t see improvement vs pretreatment. Dr gave me a partial refund..My question is, will taking collagen supplements help - applying cream or oral tablets? I read one article that said there is some small evidence that collagen reduces fat cells and, of course, I don’t want that in my folds. Thk!

Procedure: Liposuction
Location: Wilmington, NC

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Gary Culbertson
ASPS Surgeon
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Alot more data is required to answer your questions. You most likely we require and examination, view old photo's, etc. Seek out a ASPS member near your area familiar with non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Best,

Gary Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Carlos Quintero
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hello, some of the fat cells inyected into the nasolabial folds will eventually be absorbed, that is why the result after your procedure may be different now.

Usually, patients will require an other session of lipoinyection or use hyaluronic acid for example, that gives great results but only lasts about 6-9 months.

Samir Shureih

I think an in-person examination and review of before and after pictures, a complete medical history is needed.

Fat transfer to the face is very successful in most patients, However whenever one does fat transfer there is no guarantee that all the fat will survive.

Some of the fat will be absorbed by the body, in few occasions all the fat is absorbed by the body.

I do not think there is any cream or pills that will help make fat stay.

Huseyin Guner
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Treatment of nasolabial fold may need multiple fat injections sessions or at least combination therapies like fat grafting and filler injections gradually. So less improvement of that area is a common problem . Also smoking and drinking habits may dicrease the outcome of the result. Second topic is oral collagen supplements. Yes patients are pleased to used them and there is an and improvement that I have observed in my patients facial skin quality . But instead there are not enough data to support how this healing happens.

Alfred Antonetti
ASPS Surgeon

The questions can not be answered without an examination and review if pictures. Best thing to do is to seek consultation with an ABPS certified surgeon close to you.


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