Module XV: Autologous Facial Fat Transfer

Module Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of an advanced facial filler injection course, and six months injection experience for consideration.

Upon completion of the module, the participant will:

  • Understand the volumetric changes that occur with facial aging including skeletal changes, muscular changes, dermal changes, and subcutaneous tissue changes and how these changes contribute to the appearance of facial aging for all cultures and both genders
  • Understand ideal facial proportions for all cultures, genders, and ages and understand how to achieve these ideal proportions in aesthetic patients with the use of facial fat transfer
  • Be proficient in conducting an aesthetic consultation with patients considering facial fat transfer by accurately identifying individual facial volume deficiency, predicting accurate volumes necessary for aesthetic correction, and effectively communicating this to patients
  • Provide anesthesia in the form of regional blocks including supraorbital, infraorbital, and mental blocks, local anesthesia, and tumescent anesthesia.  Understand the risks and benefits of each form of anesthesia
  • Discuss indications, contraindications, patient selection, pre and post treatment instructions, and treatment alternatives for autologous facial fat transfer
  • Participate in an interactive session with experts performing live demonstrations of “best practice” techniques in the aesthetic correction of nasolabial folds, marionette lines, wrinkles, scars, hairline, brow, temporal hollows, tear trough, jawline, malar fat pads, submalar area, and chin, as well as perioral filling
  • Provide live autologous facial fat transfer treatments including aesthetic consultation, treatment planning, patient education, fat harvesting, delivery of effective anesthesia, and facial fat injections according to “best practice” standards.  These cases will be done with an expert instructor in facial fat transfer and the attendee is ensured competence in these skills
  • Prevent and manage facial fat transfer complications
  • Analyze benefits of the addition of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells and platelet rich plasma to fat grafts for optimal transplantation results