Treatment with injections using the patient's own body fat is suitable for altering facial contours as well as for volumizing the breast or buttocks. Deeper wrinkles (e. g. nasolabial folds and the corners of the mouth) can be filled in this way; lips can be enlarged and chin contours can be improved. Own body fat is not suitable for treating very fine wrinkles because its texture is not as fine as e.g. hyaloronic acid.
The fat is obtained by removing fat from the buttocks, stomach or upper thighs before separating it from body fluids and blood by special systems of filtration, so that only pure fat remains. This fat is then injected into the areas where it is required using larger gauge hollow needles. As a general rule the body usually degrades between 20 and 50 (!) % of this fat again. This is why we slightly "overcorrect". Initial swelling subsides after a few days and after 3 months it can be assumed that no further fat will be degraded. Since each body reacts differently and the rate at which fat is degraded can vary enormously, it may possibly be necessary to inject further fat at a later date should less fat remain than originally desired. The fat which is integrated remains in place and is not subsequently degraded. Therefor this procedure proves an advantage over hyaluronic acid. The effects of gravity and progressive skin ageing can however mean that new wrinkles appear or existing ones become more pronounced at the site where own body fat was injected.
To optimise the outcome and intake a combination with PRP (Plated Rich Plasma) is recommended.