Difference Between Fat Grafting and Fat Injections?

Are Fat grafting and Fat injection in the lower eyelid the same thing?

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Fat Grafting vs. Fat Injections

Structural fat grafting, is a process in which small amounts (less than 0.1 cc at a time) of fat are carefully microinjected in a series of discrete layers to gradually 'build' new soft tissue structure. As there is space between each microinjection, new blood vessels are able to grow into the grafted fat, allowing it to persist. If this process of blood vessel ingrowth (neovascularization) does not occur, then the injected tissue cannot truly be considered a 'graft' and is instead just another 'soft tissue filler' of limited duration.

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Fat - graft vs. injection

In plastic surgery, the term "graft" is used generally for something that is moved from one part of the body to another, where it will become revascularized and live. Common grafts are : skin grafts, bone grafts, cartilage grafts, and fat grafts. So the fat being moved is referred to as a "fat graft", and the procedure "fat grafting". The fact that it is placed via a needle yields the term "fat injection" - it is all the same thing.

Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Difference between Fat Grafting and Fat Injections?

NO difference. The injection of fat is just another way of fat grafting. All other modifications of this terminology is done either for clarification, separation but most commonly, for commercial gain.

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Peter A Aldea, MD

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Fat grafting and fat injections

I use the words fat grafting, fat transfer, liposculpting, sculptura fat grafting, etc. all interchangeably. Ideally, we should have one nomenclature for all of this. The title of my first book on fat transfer was Complementary Fat Grafting because I see it as both a wonderful standalone procedure and one that can complement other types of procedures for facial rejuvenation.

Sam Lam, MD, FACS
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fat Grafting and Fat Injections are similar

Yes, both fat grafting and fat injections are the same procedure. Terms which may be used for the same procedure are liposculpture, fat transfer, autologous fat grafting, micro fat graft, fat augmentation, and others.

The procedure takes your own fat via liposuction, usually from around the abdomen, and injects it into areas of the face that require volume. Fat may also be harvested from the hip, legs, and buttocks. Fat should be harvested, processed, and injected with minimal trauma, to allow the fragile fat particles, cells, and living tissue to survive long-term. The fat is injected as tiny particles via a small syringe. Fat is normally injected into the lips, nasolabial folds, tear trough area of the lower eyelid, cheeks, and midface to name a few areas.

Results last several months, and potentially permanently. The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on patient and surgeon preference.

Speak with your plastic surgeon to determine if a fat graft procedure is appropriate for you.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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