Fat transfer, also called fat grafting, fat injections and lipofilling, is a procedure that uses a person’s own fat to fill in irregularities and grooves. This is now a well-established technique that was perfected in the early nineties to a predictable procedureand it is an alternative technique to a traditional facelift and reduces the signs of ageing to restore a more youthful, natural appearance.
Aesthetic indications for undergoing lipofilling include sunken cheeks, the disappearance of fat from the cheekbones, deep grooves running from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and in some instances of lines between the lower eyelids and the cheek. It is also one of the most common methods used for lip enhancement. In addition, lipofilling can be used to smooth out all types of irregularities such as those resulting from poorly performed liposuction or injuries.
The necessary fat is obtained by a limited liposculpture through one or several 3 to 5 mm incisions. It is normally taken from the abdomen or inner thigh. The aspirated fat is processed by centrifuging, filtering or rinsing. Pure liquid fatty tissue ready for injection is the result.
The fat is then injected where needed. The fat is evenly distributed into the area by injecting minute amounts in the tissues so that the injected fat is well surrounded by healthy tissue.
Whatever your personal reasons, our highly skilled surgeons at iraniansurgery are pioneers in techniques for fat transfer and will provide world-class facilities for your individual treatment. Our expert team is acutely aware that your appearance can affect your confidence and everyday happiness, and as such we handle each case with sensitivity and discretion. You can rest assured your treatment, performed at our iraniansurgery, will deliver the results you desire.
To be a candidate for fat transfer procedures, you must have sufficient fat in one area of the body to use for facial enhancement. This donated fat usually comes from larger areas of the body, like the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. The added benefit of facial rejuvenation by this method is that you enjoy sculpting in other problem areas where isolated areas of fat have not responded to diet and exercise.
Facial rejuvenation by fat transfer can mitigate the following concerns:
Your initial consultation is the time to determine whether you have sufficient fat to use for the transfer process and if the fat injections will provide you with the results you want. Through an evaluation of your current health state and medical history, he will be able to tell you whether fat removal will be safe for you. He will also discuss the procedure and your outcome with you in detail, so you know exactly what to expect from both your treatment and your results.
There are three basic steps in the fat transfer process:
All three steps are done in a single appointment in our office. After liposculpture, you will be able to rest comfortably while the fat cells are prepared for your injections. Injections are not painful and can be completed in just a few minutes in many cases. You will be able to go home after your injections are finished.
Recovery from fat transfer revolves around the fat removal process. Fat transfer recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most people should arrange to take at least 7-10 days off from work and other social activities. Initial healing takes a few weeks, after which the swelling will gradually subside before the final results are apparent. You may experience some mild bruising and swelling in this area, as well as minor discomfort that can be managed with oral pain medication. Most patients can return to work and other activities within one week after liposuction using the techniques. Both fat removal and fat transfer offer permanent results as long as you maintain a healthy weight after your procedure.
Cosmetic surgery can sometimes go wrong and the results may not be what you expected.
If you notice any problems during your recovery, such as signs of a possible infection (increasing swelling, redness or pain), go back to the surgeon who treated you.
If you are not happy with the results, or think the procedure wasn’t carried out properly, you should take up the matter with your surgeon through the hospital or clinic where you were treated.
It’s common after a surgical fat transfer to have:
A surgical fat transfer is generally a safe procedure, but it can occasionally result in:
Any operation also carries a small risk of:
The surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if they occurred.
Occasionally, people find the desired effect wasn’t achieved and feel they need another operation.