Discovery of Deep Fat Compartment Could Lead to More Effective, Efficient Treatment of Signs of Facial Age
According to a study published in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a recently discovered “deep fat compartment” may be a key to more efficient and effective facial rejuvenation treatments.
As we discussed when talking about facial cosmetic surgery by design, the hollowing of the cheeks is one of the key signs of aging in the face, as are nasolabial folds–also known as parentheses around the nose and mouth or laugh lines–and what is known either a v deformity under the eyes or a tear trough deformity.The recent study concluded that all of these deformities are at least somewhat related to the loss of fat from the newly-discovered deep fat compartment, and they can all be treated with a single filler treatment in the deep fat compartment rather than being treated as separate problems.
The discovery of the deep fat compartment was made as a result of a study of cadavers injected with dye to identify the compartment below the subcutaneous layer of fat.Then the compartment was injected with latex to enable researchers to determine its extent.Once the extent of the compartment was determined, researchers experimented with filler injections and implants to find that augmenting this compartment did in fact restore volume to the cheeks with a smaller implant or volume of filler than injections into the subcutaneous fat layer.
Although this particular treatment avenue is a long way from proving itself as a viable option for combating aging, it does provide hope that a single treatment might someday do the work that is currently performed by a combination of injectable fillers, facial implants, and lower-lid blepharoplasty.