Understanding how PRP and fat injections work for facial contouring

At the practice of Dr. Derek Steinbacher, patients in the Guilford, 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, and 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 Guilford, CT, to determine which treatment is proper for you. Call the office at (203) 453-6635 to schedule an appointment at the office, located at 5 Durham Road, Suite 1-8, Guilford. 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.

Dr. Derek Steinbacher MD, DMD, FACS

Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.

He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.

Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!