F.A.M.I: Fat Autologous Muscle Implant
Shrinkage of facial muscles is one of the primary manifestations of the aging process. Aging combined with diet and exercise can cause many people to developed a thinner face. In some cases a dramatic “skeletonization” may occur.
For these patients a lifting procedure alone may produce a “masked” look. Restoring the volume of the atrophied muscles is an obvious method of facial rejuvenation. Augmenting the volume of the muscles in the forehead, cheeks, mouth, chin and jaw line with fat restores the more youthful look of a fuller face.
Dr. Roger E. Amar developed FAMI in 1991. FAMI stands for Fat Auto grafting Muscle Injections. It is a non-surgical approach to aesthetic surgery that facilitates the correction of facial deficiencies. FAMI is an outpatient procedure in which your doctor removes fat tissues from the lower part of you body with Liposuction and then refines this fat tissue by centrifugation and injects it into your facial muscles with the use of specially made instruments.
How is FAMI different from other transfer procedures?
Fat Transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation, has been around since the Seventies. This technique did not respect the facial vascular paths. The results were very inconsistent and for many patients asymmetric. The new FAMI is also the only procedure that uses specially-designed cannulas to place the fat auto graft into the vascular facial muscle bed. The main facial muscle groups are injected with a maximum change to integrate the host tissues.
What is the recovery like?
After your FAMI procedure you might have some bruising around the injection sites. This can be easily masked. There will be some swelling and it might last several days. Most patients resume all of their routine activities within two days and public or professional activities within two weeks. As the swelling subsides, you and your friends will begin to notice the rejuvenation.
Smoothing out the wrinkles
Facial wrinkles are part of the aging process. They begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.