Over the past several years, we have expanded the use of fat transplantation both to contour and to augment many different areas of the face and body.
Lack of fullness in the lips can be an inherited characteristic or the result of the aging process. Fat augmentation will make the lips look fuller and softer. In most of the patients who have lip augmentation the result is permanent; in the some patients more fat may need to be added at a later time. Lips can also be augmented, contoured and fine lines eliminated with the use of different dermal fillers.
Fat transplantation may also be used to fill in the depressions and wrinkles which develop on the back of hands. This condition is caused by a loss of fat and decreased elasticity of the skin. The procedure gives permanent improvement, in most cases, in the skin contour of the hands.
Fat can also be used to fill the hollowness under the eyes, to fill depressions in the cheeks or the lines from the nose to the mouth, known as the nasolabial folds. We have even developed a new procedure called Cleavoplasty to soften the bony area of the chest between the breasts.
Although fat transplantation will not replace other cosmetic procedures such as face lifts, forehead and eyebrow lifts or chemical peels, it will soften depressions, fill furrows and frown lines, and improve contour problems. Fat transfers are often used in conjunction with traditional procedures for even more enhanced results.
Fat is harvested from a donor area on the body, usually the abdomen or buttock, and then cleansed and concentrated. The fat is then injected into the area being treated. The area is normally overcorrected, because the body will absorb some of the fat immediately after the procedure. The treated area(s) will usually be swollen for 10–14 days.
Since your own fat is being used for this procedure, there are no risks associated with the fat itself. There occasionally may be some contour irregularities, but these usually resolve with time.