Facial plast Surg 2016; 32(05): 556-559
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1586498
Review Article
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The Downside of Fat: Avoiding and Treating Complications

Irene A. Kim1, Gregory Keller1, Michael J. Groth2, Vishad Nabili1
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Jules Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
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Publication Date:
28 September 2016 (online)


Three-dimensional facial volume restoration using fat has become widely accepted as an essential component of facial rejuvenation. Transplanted fat has benefits due to its inherently nonallergenic nature. The versatility of fat grafts allows for their use in all types of facial enhancement—improving the appearance of nasolabial folds, mesolabial grooves, flattened cheeks and upper lips, glabellar furrows, lipoatrophy, acne scars, and temporal hollowing. Yet despite its virtues as the ideal filler, autologous fat has its shortcomings with risks of complications. Our objective in this article is to present a systematic approach demonstrating the complications that can occur with each step of autologous fat grafting in facial rejuvenation and offering pearls to avoid and treat these complications.


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