Fullness In, Tautness Out – Old News?

The Early Show on CBS had a segment this morning explaining the “new” trend in plastic surgery: Adding volume instead of just lifting. They explained that adding fullness to the cheeks is a key component of reversing aging and creating the most naturally youthful look possible.

Is this old news? When I did my aesthetic surgery fellowship with Dr. Richard Ellenbogen five years ago, the importance of volume enhancement in facial rejuvenation was the most important thing he taught me. We even published an article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal about it, entitled the Volumetric Facelift. Click here for the article.

I strongly agree that adding fullness into a face is an extremely important part of reversing aging. I teach my patients that aging is a 3-Dimensional process. The best methods for volume addition are surgical facial fat grafting or nonsurgical Sculptra injections (not approved by the FDA for general cosmetic use). These are some of my favorite procedures to perform, as the results can be very natural and very powerful.

Thanks for reading.

Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Posted in: Plastic Surgery News


  1. I strongly agree that adding fullness into a face is an extremely important part of reversing aging

    Comment by Urgent Care Wellington on August 8, 2008 at 5:40 am

  2. I know this is a little off the subject but I didn’t know where else to post this. Is it possible to transfer fat from elsewhere on your body to your breasts, instead of going through with actual implants? If so, will it have a lasting result?
    Love love love your blog by the way!! Doctors who ONLY see dollar signs when they see a patient are not fit to be ‘doctors’ in the first place. That’s obviously not the case here Dr. Youn. You definately deserve that recognition!


    Comment by Anonymous on August 8, 2008 at 9:34 am

  3. Anon-
    Thanks for your kind comments. Fat grafting to the breasts is a valid, but controversial way to enhance the breasts. The concerns about this procedure center around its possible effects on mammographic screening for breast cancer. The jury is still out on this one. I perform it rarely on those patients who are not candidates for actual breast implants. Thanks for reading.

    Comment by Dr. Tony Youn on August 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm

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