Fat transfer (autologous fat transplantation) plumps abnormally deflated facial features with a patient’s own fat from another part of their body. It’s a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure that can help recontour and bring definition to your eyelids and cheeks, which results in a more youthful appearance. The “donor fat” is usually taken through a small incision at the belly button. It is then processed and irrigated with an antibiotic to prevent infection in preparation for its transfer.
The fat may then be placed into deflated areas of the face such as the eyelids, tear troughs, cheeks, or nasolabial folds. This procedure is performed under either local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Fat introduction through repositioning/transfer or injection, along with placement of facial implants, are not usually performed as an isolated surgery. Rather, they are often used as an adjunct during other cosmetic or reconstructive procedures.