This procedure is used to augment the lips, recontour the face; diminish frown lines, crow’s feet and nasolabial folds (smile lines); and provide definition to areas like the cheeks and chin. It can also be used to enlarge (augment) soft tissue on any part of the body. This procedure can be performed with your own body materials (i.e. fat) or using synthetic matherials).
Fat makes excellent soft tissue filler material. Fat injection is not permanent, and may require additional corrections. The donor site (for example, abdomen, buttocks or thighs) and the treatment site are injected with local anesthetic. Intravenous (IV) fluids also are injected into the donor site to facilitate fat collection. Fat cells are extracted through a small needle attached to a syringe. The fat is then processed to remove excess fluids and reinjected with another needle in multiple thin strands in the desired area. Fat also can be harvested during a lipoplasty (liposuction) procedure in one area of the body, and then reinjected in another.
There are numerous synthetic materials available for this procedure. Ask your surgeon what he recommends.
Duration of this procedure depends on the area and the material used.
General anesthesia is used in big areas and fat transfer. In small cases local anesthesia is more practical to use.
Temporary bruising and swelling is usual and can lasts for weeks but resolves with time.
Infection and complications that are usual to any surgical procedure can occur but serious complications are quite rare. Sometimes resulting contour can be uneven and correction with additional fat injections may be necessary.
There are certain risks involved when synthetic materials are used. Ask your surgeon for details.
Results longevity vary from patient to patient, from several months to permanently and additional treatments for full effect are usually needed.