If you are looking gaunt and wrinkled, fat injections are one way to obtain a smoother, healthier looking face.
Do you want fuller lips? How about volume in the cheeks, eyebrows, temples or tear troughs? Did you know you can use your own natural fat cells to add volume to, or re-sculpt areas of your body?
Fat Transfer/Fat Grafting (also known as Lipofill, Fat Injections) is a procedure that harvests fat from one area of the body such as the abdomen or thighs, and transfers it to another area that needs more volume.
Ageing, genetics, and weight loss are all reasons why some of us have lost that youthful appearance in our faces. Loss of fat volume in various areas of the body is a major reason why patients seek procedures like synthetic fillers or augmentation. Compared to hyaluronic acid injections, the effects of a Fat Transfer procedure last much longer and in some cases, the results can even be permanent.
How is a Fat Transfer procedure performed?
Dr. Anthony P. Lockwood injects fat into the deep layers of tissue in the area you want filled out. The fat used is taken from another part of your body so there is no chance of allergic reaction. This procedure is performed under a local anesthetic so you are free to leave the clinic shortly after your done.
What is the recovery period like after a Fat Transfer?
As with most cosmetic surgeries, you will need to take time to recover. The recovery period will be different for each patient depending on the extent of the surgery, the area of the body, and the patient’s health.
After a Fat Transfer procedure, most patients feel uncomfortable for the first couple of days and depending on their occupation and extent of the surgery can return to work 1-week after surgery. Bruising, swelling and discomfort can last a couple of days, or up to 2-weeks.
Light exercise can usually begin 1-week after surgery and more strenuous exercise can be done after 3-weeks. Remember that it is important to follow an exercise maintenance program to achieve the greatest results from the surgery.
Are there any risks to Fat Transfer?
Fat Transfer is a low risk procedure, though bruising and infection may occur. The key to any procedure is to properly follow your post-care instructions to minimize any potential risks.
During your consultation, Dr. Lockwood and his expert medical team will clearly outline all of the necessary precautions you need to take, as well as any postoperative limitations you should follow.
Dr. Lockwood and his staff take every necessary precaution to minimize any risk involved with all surgeries or cosmetic procedures.