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If people ask me what is the single most important revolution in plastic surgery in the last ten years, there’s no question about the answer. It’s what we call natural fat transfer, fat grafting, or fat transfer. That means the concept of taking fat from one part of the body and moving it to another part of the body and having it survive in a very healthy, productive way. How does that work? Well, we take the fat from a part of the body that you don’t need it or don’t want it, we wash it and prepare it in a certain way that makes it healthy, robust, and stem-cell rich. That fat can now be put in a syringe and injected the way one would inject fillers; that one would inject Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, all these other foreign bodies; foreign objects that aren’t natural to the body and don’t really belong in the body. The wonderful benefits of the fat transfer are that it restores the volume to the face we lose as we get older. It brings in a blood supply so that the fat is nourished and stays permanently. The blood supply make the skin thicker; more robust; it makes the texture of the skin better and even when we look very carefully it makes fine lines overlying the area in the fat transfer smaller and less noticeable. It’s a revolution in plastic surgery because instead of using foreign materials we can now use permanent parts of the person’s own body to create the effects that we could not do without foreign materials in the past. It is without a doubt the single most important concept and revolution in plastic surgery recently. I’m Dr. Lawrence Koplin, thank you for listening.