Fat Transplantation

Autologous fat transplantation is a cosmetic procedure to treat the appearance of wrinkles and aging skin.

Fat is moved from one part of the body to another to "fill in" contour defects, such as the groove that runs from the nose to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial folds), cheeks, temples, jaw line and to improve the appearance around the corners of the mouth, which often begins to sag with age.

Fat transplantation offers several advantages over other wrinkle treatments. The fat used is from a person's own body, eliminating the risk of allergic reactions. In additiona, most of the fat that is transplanted will remain permanently in place, resulting in fewer repeat treatments. This differs from dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane that require repeat treatments every 3-6 months.

Before the Procedure

To obtain fat for transplantation, a small liposuction procedure is performed in which cells are harvested from the abdomen, buttocks, outer thighs or hips. Virtually painless, this procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Afterwards, the fat tissue is processed for implantation. A small portion of the harvested fat is used for immediate transplantation, and the remainder may processed and stored for future use.

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Last updated: 5/13/2022