Fat Transfer To Face

Overview of the surgery: 

Fat Transfer To Face is a procedure that fills up areas in the face with the patient’s body fat instead of using a chemical filling or an implant. The fat used for fat transfer can be extracted from any part of the body by liposuction, and then injected where needed. This cosmetic procedure can be used to rejuvenate the face, augment the cheeks or lips, or correct problems such as hollowness around the eyes or scars. 

Autologous fat graft has played an increasingly important role in the last decades, its use showing very satisfying results in volume restoring and tissues regeneration. Because facial aging is due both to tissues relaxation and to bone and facial fat absorption, the above mentioned techniques can be associated to improve the surgical results. 

Preparation Prior To Surgery: 

• Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation. 

• Avoid smoking for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process. 

• Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period. 

• Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. 

During the surgery: 

The facial lipofilling technique involves extracting fat cells (adipocytes) from the patient and injecting them into other areas of the body. The donor section is usually the abdomen, but other areas can be used as well, such as the thighs or sides of the torso. The procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Fat is collected using liposuction cannulas, and the material obtained from the aspiration is processed to obtain the greatest concentration of adipocytes, growth factors, and fat cells. Varying quantities of fat can be removed depending on the needs of each case. 
The material obtained is injected into different areas of the face, including the eyebrows, temples, cheeks, lips and nasolabial folds. 

Duration of the surgery: 

About 1-2 hour 

Anesthesia Used

Local or General 

Hospital/clinic admission: 

Hospital 1 night stay if procedure done in hospital 

Risk And Complications: 

The complications of lipofilling are minimal and include bruising, swelling, pain, infection, necrosis, and calcification. 

Recovery Period 

Facial lipofilling is a minimally invasive procedure with a brief period of inactivity. During the first days, swelling and some bruising will occur, but they usually go away in 7 to 10 days. Normally, not all the fat cells we inject will survive, which is why slightly more than the necessary volume will be injected as a precautionary measure. Some touch-up work via a second injection may be necessary. Bulges and nodules following this treatment are rare if the injections have been performed correctly.