Autologous fat transfer is the medical term for fat grafting. The procedure utilizes your own fat as filler. This minimally invasive procedure fills in lines and folds, builds up cheekbones and chin, and eliminates facial depressions. A small amount of fat is harvested by needle from the belly, love handles, or thighs, treated to remove oils, and immediately injected into areas that need filling or augmentation. Usually performed under mild sedation, the procedure takes less than an hour, and recovery is overnight. There is no significant down time.
The objective is to inject fat in a manner that allows it to develop its own blood supply and be retained for permanent correction of defects. As a rule, a third to half of injected fat becomes a permanent graft.
Results are always natural and even minor complications are exceedingly rare. This is the most basic and easiest of cosmetic procedures and is an excellent tool correct skin folds and provide volume and lift.