Fat injection, also known as autologous fat transfer, is a cosmetic procedure that treats facial volume loss to restore a smoother and more youthful appearance. Commonly treated areas include the hollow areas under the eyes and cheekbones, laugh lines, smile lines, jowls, and other facial creases and wrinkles. Fat injections can be long lasting (even permanent), but results can vary depending on the area treated and lifestyle behaviors.
Fat transfer procedures are performed in the office or in an Ambulatory Surgery setting and typically takes 1-2 hours under local anesthesia. If so desired, sedation anesthesia may be used. During the procedure fat is removed from a donor site (usually the abdomen) through a small incision hidden inside the belly button. The donor fat is then carefully washed and prepared, and precisely injected into the recipient sites.
Though the treated area may appear swollen following the procedure, patients are typically able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment. There are few rare side effects associated with fat transfer, such as redness, swelling, tenderness and infection.
Fat Transfer can be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures including facelift or eyelid surgery.
To learn more about Fat Transfer, please contact Dr. Harry Wright at Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery today.