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How Is Fat Transfer Done?

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Updated September 25, 2011

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The harvest site(s) and the injection site(s) are marked prior to surgery.
How Is Fat Transfer Done?

Markings For Facial Fat Transfer

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A surgical marker is used to outline the area from which the fat will be harvested (removed). Even if the amount of fat to be harvested is small, it should be harvested in a way that will not leave an asymmetry (one side of the body looks different from the other). The areas in which the fat will be injected are also marked. Examples of potential sites for fat transplantation include cheeks, lips, temples, nasolabial folds, liposuction deformities, breasts, and the back of the hands.
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