"Lipostructure", "lipofilling" or "re-injection of autologous fat" is a surgical technique described by DR S.COLEMAN that makes it possible to inject under a patient’s skin purified fat taken from this same patient. It is used to correct a large number of hollows that have occurred naturally or after a trauma and allow certain people to restore youthfulness to an ageing face.


The technique of lipostructure is a definitive technique since the adipose cells grafted will live as long as the cells surrounding them.


The operation


  • Often general anaesthetic sometimes local anaesthetic.
  • The removal of fatty tissue is performed non-traumatically by means of a micro-incision hidden in the natural folds of skin, using a very fine aspiration cannula.
  • The fat is then centrifuged in order to retain only the living fat cells.
  • Re-injection of the fatty tissue is performed with the help of micro-cannulas.
  • The time taken for the intervention depends on the quantity of fat to be re-injected and the number of sites to be treated (from 30 minutes to two hours).


After the operation


  • Day surgery at the hospital.
  • There is generally little pain after the operation.
  • Swelling of the tissues (œdema) and ecchymosis (bruising) generally last a fortnight (do not be exposed to the sun).
  • There is a variation between the amount of fat re-injected and how much is taken by the graft. Overcorrection is thus necessary to achieve the desired result.
  • The sequels and possible complications will be explained to you by Dr COURBIER during the consultation and in the literature supplied to you.


quoteMy opinion

An effective technique to restore volume and re-plump that is often used when anaesthesia needs to be administered due to a different intervention (face lift, blepharoplasty, etc.).

See the SOFCPRE information file


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