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What is Injectable Tissue Replacement?


Injectable tissue replacement and regeneration (ITR2) replaces decayed facial tissues by using “like tissues” to delay or slow the rate of tissue decay. Also known as facial fat grafting, this treatment moves fat from one part of the body to the face. Dr. Beck will analyze your facial topography and proportion to determine your specific losses of facial fat.

This innovative treatment provides a more youthful appearance and can also correct problems such as scarring. Injectable tissue replacement is commonly used in the following:

  • Lips
  • Folds that go from the corners of the mouth to the nose
  • Under-eye areas
  • Cheeks

Additionally, Dr. Beck can perform injectable tissue replacement simultaneously with other facial-rejuvenating procedures, such as a facelift or an eye lift.

Am I a Good Candidate for Injectable Tissue Replacement?


The ITR2 procedure is suitable for patients between the ages of 30-65 who want to reduce signs of aging in their faces. Generally, candidates should have no underlying conditions that could affect the success of their treatment and be in good overall health.

Ideal candidates for injectable tissue replacement are experiencing the following issues:

  • Hollowing of the eyes
  • Loss of tissue volume
  • Deep lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows
  • Sunken temples
  • Swollen eye bags
  • Lines that extend from nose to mouth
  • Marionette lines, or deep lines adjacent to the mouth
  • Lip volume loss
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What are the Benefits of Injectable Tissue Replacement?


As an anti-aging treatment, injectable tissue replacement may be superior to traditional dermal fillers because of the more natural results that the procedure produces. There is also a reduced risk of unexpected reactions in patients because their fat plumps and volumizes facial tissues lost over time.

Some other benefits associated with injectable tissue replacement include:

  • Significantly restored facial volume
  • Addressed bone loss and deep tissues
  • A biocompatible and natural rejuvenation option
  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Reduced wrinkles and lines
  • Fewer risks and side effects associated with facial fillers

Another benefit would be the stunning results provided by injectable tissue replacement. Results are long-lasting, up to four times the length of traditional facial fillers.

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What is the Procedure for Injectable Tissue Replacement?


In preparation for facial fat grafting, patients should be at or near their desired weight so Dr. Beck can relocate fat successfully. Please discuss your medications with Dr. Beck at your initial consultation to evaluate whether those medications will interfere with the procedure.

After a local anesthetic is administered, a tiny incision removes fat from the donor area. This incision is made through the navel for easy access when the donor tissue is from the abdomen. Next, the removed adipose tissue is carefully filtered through three stages: 

  • Sedimentation, which uses gravity to separate the constituent parts of the fat
  • Centrifugation, or mechanical agitation
  • Washing and filtering

This filtration process resizes the fat, after which point it is carefully reintroduced to specific target areas to rejuvenate and volumize your face.

Injectable tissue replacement treatments take place under local or general anesthesia. After your procedure is complete, you may experience temporary mild to moderate facial discomfort. Recovery varies for each patient, but generally, you should take up to ten days off work to heal in a relaxed environment and limit physical activity during this time.

How Soon Will I See Results?


The advanced technology behind the injectable tissue replacement procedure is efficient and offers long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation. Additionally, long-term tissue regeneration continues after a complete facial fat transfer procedure. While initial healing can take a few weeks, most patients see their final results within six months of their treatment.

Depending on the area of treatment and factors such as genetics and lifestyle, the results of an injectable tissue replacement procedure can last for several years. Many patients also combine ITR2 and facelift, eyelid lift, or cheek augmentation treatments.

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Why Choose Dr. Beck for Injectable Tissue Replacement?


Dr. Joel Beck has an established reputation for excellence in aesthetic plastic surgery. An experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, his background is in clinical research in burn surgery, reconstructive surgery, and microsurgery. This expertise creates a robust foundation for the cosmetic procedures he performs at his private plastic surgery clinic and medspa in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Beck believes in staying on the cutting edge of recent developments in the surgical arts and using advances in non-surgical treatments to enhance the body and face. With two decades in practice, his highest priority is safely delivering results that improve your natural appearance. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon with integrity, artistry, experience, and a high skill level for injectable tissue replacement, Dr. Beck is the ideal choice.

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