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Fat Transfer, Graft, Injection – What’s the Difference?

Cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation with fat use many terms. All plastic surgery with placing fat into the face are essentially the same procedure. Terms which may be used for this aesthetic procedure are fat injection, 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 nasolabial folds, tear trough area of the lower eyelid, cheeks, lips, 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.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.