Fat transfer to the face involves extracting a small amount of fat cells from a patient’s abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere and reinjecting them beneath the facial skin. Fat is most often used to fill in “sunken” cheeks or laugh lines between the nose and mouth, to correct skin depressions or indentations, to minimize forehead wrinkles and to enhance the lips.
It is a more comprehensive procedure than other fillers but can have much more long-lasting results. There is usually a higher volume of fat available for transfer, which gives an advantage to patients who might need several syringes of a pre-made filler to accomplish their goals. The procedure is sometimes repeated after a few months.