Wingless12 May 2023

What areas of the face and body can fat transfer be used for?

I would like to know for which specific areas of the face and body is fat transfer commonly used? Additionally, Is it possible to transfer fat from the body to the face? as a means of enhancing facial features and correcting facial volume loss.

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Dr. Maverick Steele
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon

Fat transfer is often used in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. There are some of the common areas where fat transfer can be used:

  • Face:

Cheeks: Fat transfer can be used to restore volume and create a more youthful, fuller appearance.

Under the Eyes: It can be used to reduce hollows and dark circles under the eyes.

Lips: Fat transfer can be used for lip augmentation, providing a more natural alternative to fillers.

Temples: The temples often hollow with age and can be rejuvenated with fat transfer.

Chin and Jawline: Fat can be used to enhance the chin and jawline, providing a more defined look.

Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines: These are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth and from the corners of the mouth down towards the chin. Fat can be transferred to these areas to soften these lines and restore volume.

  • Body:

Breasts: Fat transfer is used for breast augmentation, to correct asymmetry, or for breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

Buttocks: In a procedure often referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift, fat is transferred to the buttocks to enhance their size and shape.

Hips: Fat can be used to provide a more balanced, curvy appearance.

Hands: Aging hands can be rejuvenated by transferring fat to restore lost volume.

Calves: Fat transfer can be used to enhance the shape and size of the calves.

Fat transfer can also be used to correct contour irregularities or soft tissue defects throughout the body that may have been caused by liposuction, trauma, surgery, or congenital defects. It's important to note that not all transferred fat will survive, and multiple procedures may be necessary to achieve the desired result. As always, potential risks and complications should be discussed with a qualified plastic surgeon.

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