It is no wonder that fat injection has become one of the hottest new developments in plastic surgery. This treatment is uniquely useful because it is well-suited to correct loss of volume and symmetry in a way that is superior to other treatment modalities. While some of these concerns can be addressed by injectable fillers, fat injection is gaining popularity because, under the correct conditions, the results are permanent and therefore ongoing treatments are not required.
In the face, hollowed out cheekbones can be filled for a younger, fresher look; fat injection is also used to fill laugh lines and crow's feet to reduce the signs of aging as well as to enlarge and reshape thinning lips and correct hollowness under the eyes.
Another common area treated with fat injection is the hands. Fat transfer can reduce the signs of aging on the hands by filling hollowed out areas, hiding bulging veins, and protruding bones and tendons that occur as we age. Many patients undergoing fat injection choose to treat their hands at the same time as having facial fat injection in order to prevent their hands from giving away their age.
Fat injection can also be used to add volume to other parts of the body, such as the buttocks and breasts. Fat transfer can also be used to correct smaller asymmetries in the breasts, but it does not take the place of traditional breast enlargement with implants for cup-size increase. Indentations caused by injuries and scars are also commonly treated with fat injection. Fat injection to fill old scars is also possible.