Lipofilling (fat transfer or structural fat grafting) is now an established technique. It uses patients’ own fat as a permanent filler to add volume to soft tissues. The fat is harvested with thin cannulas, through small incisions, using conventional liposuction. After filtering, the isolated fat cells are then injected into the deficient area(s). In addition to adding volume, lipofilling reduces scarring, improving the quality and elasticity of the overlying skin. It’s mechanism of action is not fully understood but by repeated clinical application, this technique has demonstrated its safety and efficacy.
Lipofilling is used in soft tissue augmentation, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, facial reconstruction (e.g. Romberg’s disease) and breast surgery (both reconstructive and aesthetic).