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.
Click on the image to see more.
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
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.