Fat Injection

A patient’s own body fat is a natural filler material that can be used to build up contours in the face or other areas of the body. In the face, fat injections can be useful to soften the smile lines and to add contour and volume to the face.

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A new method and concept of fat injection is known as "Liposculpture". It is based on the idea that as some individuals age, fat is gradually lost from the face. By replacing this fat, a rejuvenated appearance can be restored in patients in whom fat atrophy is a significant component of aging. Liposculpture involves the placement of many small fat injections into many small tunnels underneath the skin and close to the facial muscles. By placing fat throughout the facial planes, volume is built up which adds to he structure of the face, particularly around the eyes, cheeks and lower jaw.

Traditional fat injections are not appropriate for fine lines (those are treated with collagen or skin resurfacing) but for contour enhancements. The smaller Liposculpture injections can be used on smaller lines and to enhance the structure and contour of the face. Most fat injections are of the traditional type, performed as an incidental procedure following a body liposuction procedure. In Liposculpture, the fat treatment is the primary focus of surgery


The terms fat injection and fat transfer refer to the process of taking fat from your stomach area (or another area) and injecting it into your facial area (or other area). The goal of the procedure is to add fullness to the face, lips, buttocks or hands. Facial fat injections, by virtue of the fullness, give some lifting to the general facial structure.
As you age, the dermis under your skin thins out. This can leave the face looking too thin and has the effect of making the skin look like it sags. This happens to women of all body types: small frame, medium frame, large frame. A fat injection adds fat to the area beneath the skin, and has the effect of ‘filling out the face’ to a more youthful state.
Patients may be familiar with the use of fat injections for lip augmentation, but there are many other uses in the face. For example, fat injections can also be used to lessen the lines around the mouth, fill out the cheeks and chin (areas which might have otherwise used facial implants), or as an all purpose filler in the face.
As we continue to understand the ageing process better, we have come to appreciate that in some patients, rather than stretching tissues, adding soft tissue volume (such as fat) will make the face look younger. We find ourselves using fat injections for ?touch-ups? and as a part of face lift surgery.
Some patients think that fat injections do not last. However, this is not the case. When properly done, a large percentage of the injected fat cells do indeed survive. These are permanent.’ Since some fat cells are lost, the effect of the fat transfer is not as dramatic after a few weeks. For this reason, we tend to overcorrect,’ or inject more than we need to, knowing that after a few weeks the final result will be more to the patient?s liking. If we inject less, the patient may be happy with the initial result, but be disappointed over time as the results disappear.