Many people wish to take fat from an area that has an excess and move it to another area of the body that could use a little “plumping”. This desire can become a reality with fat transplantation! The procedure involves using a small tube inserted through a tiny skin incision to acquire fat cells that are then cleaned and re-injected into a different area of the body (such as the face or hands). The fat that “takes” in the new location has the benefit of lasting for years. Some patients also like the fact that the material they are using to plump up areas of the face and/or hands is their own fat.
Fat grafting/transplantation can improve age-related volume deficits almost anywhere on the face or body. The ideal area to obtain the fat from is the abdomen, though the inner thighs or knees can also be used. Once the fat has been obtained, the remainder of the procedure is similar to that of injectable fillers.
• Face – Fat can be placed in the brows, temporal hollows, under the frown lines, deep circles around the eyes, apples of the cheeks, the high cheekbone region, the groove between the nose and the corner of the mouth (nasolabial folds), lips, the pre-jowl area (marionette lines) and the angle of the jaw.
• Hands – Your hands give away your age for 2 reasons: fat loss (which causes the blood vessels and tendons to look more prominent) and pigment spots.
Rejuvenation of all the areas listed above can be achieved with fat transplantation which has a side benefit of improving the overlying skin because of growth factors, stem cells and cytokines in the transferred fat.