Understanding how PRP and fat injections work for facial contouring

At the practice of Dr. Derek Steinbacher, patients in the New Haven, Connecticut, area have several treatment options available to them when it comes to surgically (and non-surgically) enhancing the face and body. That is true with facial contouring using PRP and fat injections. Both are used at the office and can provide enhancements where they are needed.

How can I contour my face without plastic surgery?

While plastic surgery is necessary in some instances, not everyone is a good candidate. Patients may also be looking for a less invasive way to improve the contours of the face. In situations like this, our dedicated team might recommend the use of PRP and facial fat injections. PRP uses the patient’s platelet-rich plasma harvested from their blood to stimulate collagen and elastin production. In contrast, facial fat injections harvest fat cells from another part of the body and reinject them where volume is needed. Some patients may even benefit from a combination of both to get the changes they truly desire.

The pros and cons of PRP and fat injections for facial contouring

If you’re considering a facial contouring treatment, you may be wondering if PRP or fat injections are the better option. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each:

PRP injections:

  • Are less expensive than fat injections
  • Are less invasive than fat injections
  • Can be used to address a variety of areas, including the cheeks, jawline, and nose

However, PRP injections may not be as effective as fat injections for contouring the face. Fat injections:

  • Are more expensive than PRP injections
  • Are more invasive than PRP injections
  • Are more likely to result in lasting results than PRP injections
  • Can be used to contour a variety of areas, including the cheeks, jawline, and nose

Which one is best for me?

Frequently we will use both PRP and fat injections concurrently or simultaneously.  This is because the presence of PRP helps the overall fat injection retention (that is – the fat is less apt to resorb).  PRP contains growth factors that promote healing, minimize inflammation, help nourish to replenish the youthful state of your skin.   

Ultimately, the best treatment solution for you depends on your individual needs and goals. Consult with Dr. Derek Steinbacher of New Haven, CT, to determine which treatment is proper for you. Call the office at (203) 785-2571 to schedule an appointment at the office, located at 800 Howard Avenue, Floor 4. Our practice is open to new and current patients considering surgical and nonsurgical solutions for the face and body and is excited to offer facial contouring with both PRP and fat injections.