Facial Contouring by Targeted Restoration of Facial Fat Compartment Volume

The Midface

Wenjin Wang, M.D., Ph.D.; Yun Xie, M.D., Ph.D.; Ru-Lin Huang, M.D., Ph.D.; Jia Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.; Herrler Tanja, M.D., Ph.D.; Peijuan Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.; Chen Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.; Sizheng Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.; Lee L. Q. Pu, M.D., Ph.D.; Qingfeng Li, M.D., Ph.D.


Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;139(3):563-572. 

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The present study provides the anatomical and clinical basis for compartmentally based facial fat grafting. This technique takes into account the anatomical distribution of the facial fat compartments and their changes with aging. It allows for target restoration of facial fat volume close to that of a youthful face. A natural and youthful facial contour can be rebuilt with a high satisfaction rate using a paraoral commissure incision and following a deep-to-superficial sequence in a compartment-specific manner. A comparative study of the conventional technique versus compartmentally based grafting would be helpful to gain a deeper understanding of facial fat grafting and to optimize the procedure.