Autografts for Facial Implants

Autografts are tissues taken from a patient’s own body and inserted elsewhere. Many tissues, including dermis, dermis-fat composites, fat, fascia, cartilage, and bone, have been used. For example, cartilage from the ear is commonly used to change the contours of the nose. Obtaining an autograft usually requires a separate incision and thus an additional scar. The limited availability of donor areas, especially for large implants, makes the use of manufactured implants more appealing for most cosmetic procedures.