Fat transplantation for treatment of the senescent face

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For more than a century, clinicians have attempted to utilize fat for the treatment of tissue deficiencies and contour abnormalities. Autologous fat transplantation for soft tissue augmentation has become increasingly popular in recent years. This has occurred as a result of the present authors' comprehension that the aging face is not simply as a result of gravity-induced ptosis, but also as a result of volume loss secondary to the atrophy of tissues. The popularity of tumescent liposuction has brought renewed interest and accessibility of fat for transplantation. Newer techniques and approaches to augmentation have provided more predictable and reproducible results. Fat augmentation has become an effective, safe, and reliable method for restoring volume and correcting the atrophy that accompanies senescence. In this review, the present authors describe their approach and technique of fat transplantation for the aging face.

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