Fat grafting or fat transfer is the harvesting of one’s own fat from different parts of the body with meticulous extraction methods and then reimplanting the cells where it is needed – to the lips, the nasolabials (mouth to nose folds), under the eyes, in the cheeks, chin, temples, etc. The duration of results from the fat injections varies from patient to patient. Fat injections are considered to be more permanent than dermal fillers, however, patients can expect to lose at least half of what was injected within 3-6 months. The remaining fat that stays is considered to be permanent, however the patient will continue to slowly lose some of it as part of the normal aging process. Repeat injections may be necessary to maintain results.
Am I a good candidate for fat injections?
You are good candidate for fat injections if you have areas of volume loss or folds that you want to smooth and plump up. Fat can also be used to volumize the lips. Fat is commonly placed in the lips, nasolabial folds, under the eyes, cheeks, temples, and buttocks.
Your personal consultation
During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you expect to achieve from fat injections. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.
How will I be evaluated for fat injections?
Dr. Newen will examine the areas of concern to determine the amount of fat necessary to achieve the most optimal outcome. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries, and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
How is fat injections performed?
Dr. Newen will usually extract fat from your abdomen via liposuction. He will purify the extracted fat and inject it into the treatment area(s) using a small cannula.
How do I prepare for my fat injection treatment?
Avoid blood thinners such as aspirin and Advil for two weeks prior to your appointment. Arrive your appointment with your face freshly cleaned.
Fat Injections – How will I look or feel initially?
You will be able to see the results instantly. You may notice some swelling, this will subside over the next 1-2 weeks. Ice packs applied to the treated area will help decrease swelling. As with any injection, there is a possibility that you may bruise. Most patients return to work within a week.
For more information
For more information on fat transfer or to schedule a consultation, please call our office at (714) 230-2430.