Though many plastic surgery patients seek to remove fat through body contouring, it’s a little ironic that some seek to have fat taken from one area only to be transferred to another. One technique plastic surgeons use to refine the face is fat grafting. This is a procedure that permits surgeons to utilize the patient’s own fat tissue to plump up creases, fine lines, or underdeveloped areas of the face. Fat grafting can also help one’s lips look fuller. The fat is harvested from a “donor” area, processed, and then grafted to facial tissues. Fat grafting is much more involved than merely removing fat from the belly or inner thighs and then injecting it into other areas. The fat is carefully and strategically injected and cross-layered making a stable foundation – otherwise the intended appearance may not be achieved. Though fat grafting is a wonderful technique to refine and restore the face, it is also very useful for other areas of the body such as creating a fuller buttocks or more developed calves. Though some of the grafted fat will be reabsorbed into the body through natural processes, a significant amount will remain in place. Before committing to a fat grafting procedure, make sure the plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has a high level of experience in this procedure. Patients may rest assured that Michael Eisemann, M.D., a three time board certified plastic surgeon, has over 30 years of experience.