Understanding the surgery
Fat transfer to replace lost volume has been available for almost two decades. Initially, it was felt to be a temporary solution but with the improvement in technique has become a more reliable permanent means of augmentation.
Fat transfer is continuing to improve as a technique and is now supplemented with platelet rich fibrin matrix in an effort to stabilize the fat and improve long-term results.
The technique for fat transfer can be performed with local or general anesthesia. Fat is harvested from the lower abdomen or thighs using a small cannula device for obtaining the fat. The fat cells are then isolated and injected into the areas of need. Fat transfer is effective in the cheeks, temple, smile lines, chin, frown lines and, to a lesser degree, the lips.