What Is Fat Grafting?
As we get older, our faces lose their baby fat. It's great (up to a certain point), because everyone wants a thinner-looking face. After all, how else can you explain the obsession with mastering a Kim K-style contoured look? But eventually you start to lose definition in your face, and volume loss becomes very pronounced around your eyes, cheeks, and jaw line. Samuel M. Lam, M.D., FACS uses the metaphor of a grape shrinking into a raisin in an article for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
To restore some of that youthful plumpness, many women are turning to fat grafts—a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves taking fat from either the thighs or abdomen and injecting it into areas of the face that need to plumping.
Some fat grafting techniques, like the one performed by Dr. Kevin Sadati, a Newport Beach, California-based cosmetic surgeon, involve combining the fatty tissue with Platelet Rich Plasma (also drawn from the patient), which contains growth hormones said to help the results last longer.