The use of fat for grafting has been around since the early 2000s, but has gained a fair amount of popularity in recent times. Restoration of volume loss in the face is the latest growing area for fat grafting. After studying the results of facial rejuvenation with surgery, plastic surgeons began to recognize that patient results could be greatly enhanced by adding volume lost from aging. Initially, the amount of loss was not appreciated. Once strategic fat grafting was done in combination with surgery, patients began to see better, longer lasting results.

Fat grafting can be done alone or in combination with surgery to areas that need volume restoration including the face, body, and hands. Fat grafting can also be used to add volume and correct defects to breast tissue. Fat is used in place of dermal fillers to create a softer, longer lasting result.