Facial Plast Surg 2019; 35(03): 278-285
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1688796
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Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Fat Grafting for Facial Contouring

Samuel M. Lam
1  Private Practice, Dallas, Texas
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Publication Date:
12 June 2019 (online)


Fat grafting is a safe, effective method for facial rejuvenation if used to restore lost facial volume, but it is not as a method to correct cutaneous deformities and rhytids, or to counteract gravitational effects. The most significant postoperative complication is weight gain that can make a face look overinflated. Accordingly, it is important to select a safe and appropriate candidate. This article outlines who is a suitable prospect for fat grafting and juxtaposes the two methods of facial volume restoration: fat grafting versus injectable fillers. Then a detailed exposition of the operative technique is outlined, including anesthesia, harvesting, processing, and injection. Finally, this article concludes with a description of the postoperative course and the management of potential complications.