About Fat Transfer
Fat transfer or micro-lipo-injection is a century-old technique of transferring fat from one body area to another. Fat transfer is helpful for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. Often referred to as surgical “sculpting,” the process is used to replace the loss of fat which occurs underneath the skin in association with the scarring or aging process.
The duration of the contour correction varies from patient to patient. While improvement is most often long lasting, follow-up injections may be necessary. Our staff is able to freeze the harvested fat for up to one year so that patients may return on their lunch hour for a quick touch-up, if required.
- Reduction of marionette lines-folds between the corners of the mouth and nose
- Filling in hollow cheeks, temples and eye area to give a more youthful fullness to the face
- Enhancement of lip size
- More youthful face and hands
- Reduction of scars and depression deformities in the skin
- Enhancement of lip size
- One’s own fat is used, not from a cadaver or other animal
- Long-term results
- Ability to correct large defects
- No allergic reactions
|Filler Agent||Durability||FDA Approved|
|Fat Transfer||1-2 years or more||Not applicable to procedure|
|Radiesse||up to 18 months||Yes|
Chemical Peels, Collagen, Cosmoderm & Cosmoplast, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Lunchtime Laser Toning, Microdermabrasion, One Pass CO2 Laser Resurfacing, PhotoDynamic Therapy, PhotoFacial Intense Pulsed Light IPL, Radiesse, Restylane & Perlane, Retinoic acid creams, and UltraSoftForm Lip Implants
How Does it Work?
The areas from which fat is to be removed and injected are cleansed and numbed with a local anesthetic. Using a tiny needle and syringe, the fat is extracted through a small 1-2 mm incision from the abdomen, buttocks or thigh areas. After centrifugation and separation, the purified fat is injected into the lips or other areas.
Who is a Candidate?
No allergy testing needed. Almost anyone can undergo these procedures.
What can I Expect?
Immediate results that last one to 2 years or longer.
Results may vary.
Safety & Side Effects
Fat transfer is considered a safe and effective procedure as one’s own fat is used, eliminating the risk of allergic reactions.
Patients usually resume normal activity the day of surgery. Some patients will have minor swelling depending upon the amount of fat transferred.
Does it Hurt?
Swelling, soreness and bruising is possible, but unusual.
Before Treatment Instructions
Avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, naprosyn for two weeks before the procedure.
After Treatment Instructions
Avoid blood thinners for a few days after the procedure.
Who Performs the Treatments?
Fat Transfer Gallery
Fat Transfer for Wrinkles & Aging Skin
*Results may vary.