Fat Transfer or Grafting
Article by Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
Many options are available for minimally invasive injectable fillers for facial rejuvenation. More common injections for wrinkles are with hyaluronic acid (Restylane or Juvederm) or collagen. Fat has returned as an alternative to these other facial fillers.
Autologous fat, or one’s own fat, is an ideal filler material. It is non-allergic natural, living, easily available, and potential for long-term natural results. Fat transfer, otherwise known as fat grafting, takes small amounts of your own fat from your abdomen and injects in directly into your face to alter the structure of the face and to restore the volume of your youth.
Plastic surgeons utilize fat transfer in select patients. Fat is harvested via a small liposuction cannula from your belly button. There is minimal discomfort or bruising, unlike traditional liposuction. Fat transfer may also help patients to restructure and to treat traumatic deformities, scars, in addition to cosmetic benefit. This technique may allow select patients to avoid more extensive plastic surgery. Ask your plastic surgeon if fat transfer is right for you.