Real Patient Testimonial
“Dr O’Daniel explains things very thoroughly and I trust his sense of aesthetics; he provides a realistic enhancement with his work and a natural-looking improvement! The fillers provide just enough fullness that I wanted.”
– Fat Injectables Patient
In 1996, Dr. O’Daniel adopted the technique developed by fat transplant pioneer Dr. Sidney Coleman. Dr. O’Daniel has now followed patients for 15 years that show the survival of the initial fat injections. Though the results can be unpredictable, Dr. O’Daniel has seen consistent improvement based on a strict adherence to the technique used in the harvest and injection of fat.
The body’s own fat makes an excellent filler material to help restore lost facial volume and diminish wrinkles, creases and depressions. It can plump up creased and sunken areas of the face, add fullness to the lips and cheeks and improve texture of the skin. There is abundant evidence now that shows the presence of stem cells in the fat which has a “restorative effect” on the tissue it is injected to. Using a small needle, Dr. O’Daniel “harvests” the fat from the patient’s abdomen, buttocks or thighs, processes it to remove excess fluids, then injects it in multiple thin strands into the treatment area.
There is a greater potential for longer-lasting results, since the fat is taken from the patient’s own body. Benefit duration depends on several factors. First, and of paramount importance, is the individual surgeon’s experience and skill, since sculpting the face with fat injections is highly technique-specific. Additionally, the area of the face being injected will impact retention or loss of fat, as will overall loss or gain of body fat. The procedure may be repeated at intervals to retain the youthful look, although many of Dr. O’Daniel’s patients still have excellent retention of fat injections after 15 years.
FAQs On Injectables
I don't want to look weird! How do I get a good, natural result?
What is the secret to a truly great result without looking overdone?
The goals of our treatment, whether it be surgical or nonsurgical, is to create a look that is natural. We hear that all the time. It’s almost a cliché, “I have natural results.” The point I’m trying to make is that when people see the before-and-after pictures of cases we’ve done, they go, “Oh, my goodness. Everybody will notice if I look that much better.”
The reality is we recognize each other based on what we remember of you from the day before. As long as we don’t lose that intrinsic you, that little piece of you that is characteristic, they’ll look at you and say, “Wow, great haircut! You’ve lost weight. What kind of makeup are you using?” They’re not going to say, “Wow, you look great! Who did your facelift?” because that would be the biggest insult that could possibly happen. What we want to hear is, “Wow, you look great!” and your answer is very simple, “Thank you.”
Can getting facial fillers and injections actually make me feel better?
Does it hurt? What can be done to stop pain and bruising?
How do I choose the right doctor for fillers and BOTOX?
Over the last 10 years, we have seen an explosion of non-surgical options for our patients. We, as plastic surgeons, are the best situated to provide these non-surgical products because we understand the anatomy of the face, including the muscles, and the arteries and where we should be putting these as sculptors. The difficulty is, for the consumers, they’re going, “What’s the difference between all of these?”
We have Botox, which is a neuromodulator and has become a household name, like Kleenex. That paralyzes muscles, doesn’t take up space. We then have fillers. And when it comes to the fillers, we have 11 different fillers. Now, my goodness, how do we choose which one of these fillers do we use? And then, we’re gonna complicate things with bio-stimulators, meaning we inject the substance and your body makes its own collagen. The critical thing to understand between these different products is they all have a job that they do, and we need to decide what job you need to have done. And that’s where our expertise comes in.
For instance, fillers, they take up a space. They can fill a wrinkle or a dent in the face. We will choose the appropriate filler for the appropriate wrinkle. I may use one filler for a wrinkle that’s fine. And I’ll go to a larger wrinkle and use a totally different filler. The complexity of the choices becomes the entry level that we need to have as practitioners to give you the optimal result.
How do you choose the right fillers for me?
How do you control pain and bruising?
How do you keep a natural look with lip fillers?
How do you maintain or improve a facelift with fillers?
So when people come to me in consultation, we look at the pictures of where they are. And we’re talking about static time, because remember, life is like a river. When you step in the river and you step out, you don’t step back in the same space, because that water has moved on. And our face is the same way. If we do something to the face today, whether it’s surgical or non-surgical, the aging process, if we’re lucky, will continue to move on.
So there are things that we can do surgically to restore a face, and then we need to think about … how do we maintain what we’ve done? Maintaining our investment, if we will. In those circumstances, we can use non-surgical means such as Sculptra. We can use fillers. We can use Botox, skin care or laser as part of our maintenance program, and vice versa. If someone’s not quite ready for a facelift … they can’t fit it into their schedule. They can’t afford it. It’s too scary. There are small things we can do in preparation for the facelift. In the same vein, we can use neuro-modulators, Botox, fillers, Sculptra, lasers as part of the maintenance program prior to having a facelift.
So the idea is, none of these treatments last forever. There’s nothing that is permanent in life, so we’re trying to treat you at a point in time to make you better today, such that 10 years from now, you’ll still be better than you would’ve been had you done nothing.
How is Dr. O'Daniel pioneering new uses for injectables and fillers?
There are so many options for fillers, how do I choose the best solution?
What is Sculptra, and what can it do?
What special training does Dr. O'Daniel have?
Why are some people afraid to get fillers?
The second fear is fear of pain and discomfort. Pain and discomfort can be overcome with using topical agents. We use vibratory sensors, and we use dental blocks for those who have a real aversion to needles and pain and discomfort. Interestingly, the third pain point that prevents people from having treatment is price, and that is a very low percentage of people who avoid treatment as compared to fear of looking different and fear of pain.
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