Fat Transfers (Injections & Contouring)
Fat injections are cosmetic procedures able to treat loss of volume in the face and restore a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. Fat injection, also known as autologous fat transplantation or microlipoinjection, may be used to fill in hollow areas under the eyes and cheekbones, laugh lines, smile lines, crow's feet, jowl lines, and other facial creases and wrinkles. Fat injections may be used to fill in some types of scarring and to plump the lips. Good candidates for fat injections include men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations, and looking to improve the appearance of the facial skin. Fat injections can be long lasting, however, results can vary depending on lifestyle behaviors such as smoking and or stressful life events. A large factor in the lifespan of the fat transfer will be how the patients body continues to age.
Fat injection procedures are often performed in a surgeon's office-based facility or Ambulatory Surgery setting and typically take about an hour to complete. Local anesthesia is used on both the donor and recipient sites and, if desired, sedation may be used as well. For the procedure, fat is removed from a donor site, often the abdomen or thighs, using a syringe and a cannula attached to a suction device. The donor fat is then prepared and injected with a cannula into the recipient site.
After the procedure, the treated area may appear puffy and swollen and this can last for several weeks. Bruising and redness can also occur on both the recipient and donor sites. Despite this, patients are typically able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment, though sun exposure will need to be avoided for about two days. There are few possible side effects associated with fat injection, such as redness, swelling, tenderness and infection.
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