Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2009; 23(4): 283-287
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1242181
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Facial Fat Compartments: A Guide to Filler Placement

Safa E. Sandoval1 , Joshua A. Cox2 , John C. Koshy1 , Daniel A. Hatef1 , Larry H. Hollier1
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
  • 2Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
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Publication History

Publication Date:
16 November 2009 (online)


Advances in anatomic understanding are frequently the basis upon which surgical techniques are advanced and refined. Recent anatomic studies of the superficial tissues of the face have led to an increased understanding of the compartmentalized nature of the subcutaneous fat. This report provides a review of the locations and characteristics of the facial fat compartments and provides examples of how this knowledge can be used clinically, specifically with regard to soft tissue fillers.


Larry H Hollier, Jr. , M.D. , F.A.C.S. 

Professor and Program Director, Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital

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