THE PROBLEM WITH FACELIFTS To say that it’s easy to tell if someone had a poorly done facelift is an understatement. The telltale signs include the ever so distracting scars that trace the earlobes, the strangely elevated hair tufts or sideburns, the unsightly “stepped” hairline, or in many cases, the deformities on the ears, all caused by the incisions and stitches involved in pulling back and removing excess skin. Most of the time, a tighter, less wrinkled skin surface doesn’t even equate to a younger looking face. “We are so used to correcting the aging face by pulling back the skin,” says Dr. Alfredo Callanta, medical director of Empire Center for Regenerative Medicine. “The problem with that is ‘pulling back’ doesn’t solve the loss of volume in the face, which becomes smaller and starts to sag when we age.”
Our bones shrink as we age, making us look smaller and frailer over time. The sadder news is that bone loss also occurs in the facial skeleton, resulting in less defined jaw lines, receding brow bones, and bigger eye sockets as we grow older.
WHY MEN AGE MORE GRACEFULLY Unfortunately, our bones shrink as we age, making us look smaller and frailer over time. The sadder news is that bone loss also occurs in the facial skeleton, resulting in less defined
THE PROMISING SOLUTION Thankfully, science has an answer—fat grafting. Fat Autologous Muscular Injection (FAMI), pioneered 20 years ago by French doctor and plastic surgeon Roger Amar, is a breakthrough technique that addresses volume loss and reconstruction in various parts of the body by transferring fat from a specific part of the body to areas that need to be filled and lifted, whether the face, breasts, or butt. Over the years, it has evolved into one of the least painful, effective, and safest anti-aging procedures that don’t require incisions or general anesthesia. Today, Callanta, a protege of Amar who trained in the art and science of fat grafting in Europe and the U.S., brings the technology and technique to the Philippines through Adfill Fat Grafting, a specialized procedure that restores volume in the face, breasts, and body.
“Imagine a youthful face as a grape. You get old, it wrinkles like a raisin. You get a facelift, it turns into a pea. What is ideal is to make it look rejuvenated and natural, and plump it up like the grape again.”
THE FAT GRAFTING PROCESS First, under local anesthesia, he extracts fat from your thighs, stomach, or buttocks through syringe liposuction. He places the sample into the FAMI centrifuge which subjects it to immense pressure, enough to make it separate into three purified layers. He transfers the fat layer containing the essential stem cells into a blunt 1cc syringe (10 times smaller than most syringes
Empire Center for Regenerative Medicine, Unit 8A, 3rd Floor, Il Terrazzo, 305 Tomas Morato Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; 410.8213.