Fat Transfer involves extracting fat cells from the patient’s abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere and re-injecting them beneath the facial skin. Fat is most often used to fill in “sunken” cheeks or laugh lines between the nose and mouth, to correct skin depressions or indentations, to minimize forehead wrinkles and to enhance the lips.
This injectable is harvested from the patient’s own body. Autologous fat transfer involves taking fat from one part of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and re-injecting it beneath the facial skin.
After both the donor and recipient sites are cleansed and treated with a local anesthesia, the fat is withdrawn using a syringe. The fat is then prepared and injected into the recipient site with a needle. Overfilling is necessary to allow for fat absorption in the weeks following treatment.
Many patients are able to resume normal activity immediately. You can expect some swelling, bruising or redness in both the donor and recipient sites.
The duration of the fat injections varies significantly from patient to patient. Though some patients have reported results lasting a year or more, the majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears within 3-6 months. Therefore, repeated fat injections may be necessary. Your doctor will advise you on how to maintain your results with repeat treatments.
If you are considering fat transfer injections, let one of the experienced plastic surgeons at the Lombardi Plastic Surgery Center in NJ review the procedure with you and help you make an informed decision.
If you have questions, we are happy to help. Call us at 732-460-9555.