by F. Ryan Wermeling, MD
This procedure transfers fat from areas where you have extra fat and then injects it into areas that lack volume.
When utilized in the face, fat grafting is a powerful alternative to temporary fillers and gives a permanent change with your own tissue. It should be considered by those who desire a more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers. The grafted fat is permanent but it can change with significant weight gain or loss. It can also be used in larger volumes to improve body shape in areas such as the buttocks, revise scars or rejuvenate the back of your hands.
The hands are often an area which tend to show age despite treatments on other parts of the body. Fat grafting to the backs of the hands is an excellent way to rejuvenate this area and complete a more youthful look.
The major advantages of fat grafting are that it uses fat from your own body, is long-lasting and provides natural looking results.
Fat is generally taken from one part of your body using liposuction techniques. It is washed and purified. Then it is carefully re-injected using specially designed needles into areas for improvement.