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Fat Injection – Lipo Filling

Natural fat for the purpose of filling wrinkles, concavities, or other voluminous areas on the face such as the cheeks, is currently very popular. “Filling” other areas in the body, such as the buttocks, is also becoming quite common.

Fat tissue exists naturally in our bodies. The process of acquiring fat from one area of the body, filtering it, processing it, and, lastly, injecting it into another area (such as the face) is quite simple. The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia.

Recovery is immediate, side effects are short lived, and the complication rate is minimal.

The procedure may be performed in the clinic setting, not necessarily in the operating room. However, it is necessary to anesthetize the both the doner and recpient sites.

It is recommended that one refrain from taking any blood thinners at least a week before the procedure is done. Furthermore, for those who suffer from Herpes, it is recommended that prophylactic oral antiviral (Zovirax) be taken several days before the treatment.

Fat-filling is suitable for filling wrinkles or concavities in the skin of the face or body. It is also appropriate for filling out the lips. It is possible to incorporate fat filling with other facial surgeries, such as eyebrow or face-lift procedures. Any change of weight exceeding 5 kg may change the appearance of the area filled. Fat filling can be performed in other areas of the body, such as contouring the buttock region.

Fat Injection

During the pre-surgical consultation, the areas desired to fill or enhance are examined, and overall symmetry is assessed.

Areas that are commonly used for “doner site” are the hips, lower abdomen, and thighs.

It is known today that within fat tissue exist stem cells—cells that capable of developing into other kinds of cells, not just fat cells. It is believed that these cells are responsible for preserving the fat tissue during filling. Other findings show that fat filling does not only add desired volume. Fat and stem cells within the tissue possess anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. The fat tissue injected tends to get absorbed in areas that are in constant motion and without any underlying bone mass. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to go through several treatments in order to achieve the final and desired results (the fat tissue that is not absorbed will remain for an extended amount of time).

Needless to say, fat filling can be performed in the clinic or in the operating room. In the clinic’s treatment room, fat tissue aspiration is performed under local anesthesia. This tissue is filtered and processed before being injected into another region. Any physical activity is highly discouraged for the duration of the day. The following day, one may return to full and normal daily activity.

Throughout the first few days after treatment, one may notice slight bruising or bleeding, redness, local irritation, and swelling. Theses symptoms will go away within a few days.

Complications of fat injection treatments are very rare, and may include:

  1. Bleeding or bruising
  2. Infection and/or herpes outbreak
  3. Worsening of any existing asymmetry
  4. Changes in sensation in the areas treated
  5. Formation of lumps

It must be noted that under general anesthesia fat tissue can be injected into other areas of the body as desired.

Further details and information regarding this treatment will be made available during the pre-surgical consultation.

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