FAT TRANSFER

Facial wrinkles and creases are part of the ageing process. They begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out. While this breakdown is completely natural, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.

Injectable bovine (cow) collagen, and fat cells taken from your own body are the two most frequently used materials for filling facial wrinkles and frown lines.

Fat transfer (also called autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection) plumps-up facial features with a patient’s own fat and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural, and non-allergenic procedure designed to recontour your face, and it can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities. Since fat transfer uses your own cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it’s from your own body.

With fat transfer it is possible to have fat liposuctioned from your thighs and then transferred to any area of your body. Reinjected fat lasts longer in larger areas that move less, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks, for example. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic ageing of the hands, post-surgical and post-traumatic defects. But not every area of the body responds well to fat transfer. The breasts, for instance, are not a suitable area. Injecting fat into the breast makes it much more difficult to detect breast cancer with mammograms.

During The Procedure

Fat transfer is performed in our Clinic on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anaesthetised with a local anaesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where your fat is most tightly packed, such as your abdomen, your buttocks or the area around your knees.

Once removed, your fat is processed to remove excess fluids before being reinjected using another needle, which is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.

Harvesting the fat cells for reinjection is sometimes performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction. When fat is harvested during another procedure, it is often possible to harvest a larger amount of fat, then freeze and store your fat for future injections when they become necessary.

After The Procedure

Patients are up and around immediately following fat injections. Any discomfort following the procedure can be controlled with medication. Some swelling at the treatment site may last up to 36 hours. There may be some bruising, which can be covered with make-up. Your initial injection should last up to six months. Over the first few months about 65% of the fat will be absorbed by your body. The remaining 35% will usually stay in place for years. For results that will last years, patients usually receive three or four treatments over a six month period.

If you have been wondering how to get rid of your wrinkles, fat injections may be the answer. Call our office and arrange a private consultation.

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