Fat Transfer, also known as Fat Injections or Fat Grafting is the technique of moving fat from one area of the body to another to improve contour, correct defects, or enhance features, such as in Lip Augmentation. Similar, less permanent results can also be achieved with injections of fillers like Restylane or Perlane. For a complete review of available cosmetic fillers, please click here.
Fat transfer can be performed on patients of any age, with the average age being 48.
Fat is harvested through a liposuction canula (tube) from the abdomen or hips and carefully prepared for re-implantation by spinning the fat in a centrifuge to separate the cells from the fluid. The fat is then injected with a blunt needle and syringe into the desired locations such as the cheeks, under the eyes, the lips, or around the mouth for Lip Augmentation. Incisions are typically limited to small puncture wounds less than 0.2 cm in size.
Surgical Time and Recovery:
Fat Transfer surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and usually takes about 90 minutes. Sutures are removed in about a week or dissolve on their own. Patients can usually return to work within a few days to a week, although swelling may take longer to subside.
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Notes About Fat Transfer:
The amount of fat removed from the donor site is minimal compared to traditional liposuction surgery, and will not alter the appearance of that location. Fat transfer tends to be more permanent when injected around the eyes, and less so when injected for Lip Augmentation or around the chin or mouth. Repeat treatments may be necessary.