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    Fat Injection

    What Is Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT)/ Microlipoinjection?

    Fat transfer is an injection method of facial fat sculpting, can restore attractive contours to your cheeks, chin, and under-eye area, and add volume to your lips. In this procedure individual’s own body fat is used to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face or to add volume where desired.

    In whom autologous fat transfer is offered?

    Facial fat injections can eliminate aspects of facial “wear and tear” that often appear with age, such as smile lines, frown lines, marionette lines (running from the sides of the mouth down to the chin), wrinkles and furrows, and hollows in the face (such as under the eyes or under the cheekbones). Lips that have lost volume may also be treated through fat transfer as can scars or depressions in the face from scars (such as those from acne). Individuals with one or more of these conditions may be good candidates for autologous fat transfer.

    What areas of the face can be treated with Fat injections?

    The facial areas that can be improved with fat injection treatment include creases in the forehead or in between the eyebrows, and hollows under the eyes. Fat injection can also plump up or improve the contour around the nose, the area between the upper lip and the nose, the jawline, and the temples. Indeed, fat transfer can correct scars, sunken or hollow areas, and any place on the face or neck where fat has been lost.

    How Autologous fat transfer is done?

    It has three steps. The first step involves the liposuction of excess fat in body. The second step involves the isolation and cleansing of the fat cells. The third and final step involves the injection of the fat cells into the targeted facial areas.

    What anaesthesia is used in AFT?

    A fat transfer procedure performed alone  is usually done with local anesthesia only,Some surgeons may also offer an oral sedative for patients who are more apprehensive.

    What are the risks and benefits?

    Facial fat sculpting offers several major benefits. In addition to correcting problems of the aging face, autologous fat transfer is natural. It’s also versatile; the fat can be used for many facial imperfections, including scars and depressions in the skin. The effects of facial fat sculpting are very long-lasting than artificial fillers. And facial fat sculpting is safe, since there are no allergic reactions to worry about, because the fat transplantation is from your own body.

    Is the fat transfer procedure painful?

    The pain from fat grafting should be minimal in almost all cases. Discomfort should be only short term and usually can be managed with oral pain medication.

    How post operative recovery and protocol?

    Once fat transfer is complete, there is going to be some swelling and/or bruising at the donor site or the recipient site on face. The swelling can be expected to go away in a few days, and any discomfort can be managed with pain medication. Many patients return to their normal daily activities within hours or a day or two of the fat transfer procedure.

    Are multiple fat injections needed to achieve desired results?

    Although it depends on the extent of change the patient desires, multiple fat transfer injections are very often recommended by the cosmetic surgeon performing the procedure. Splitting the procedure up into multiple installments allows for more tissue to be transferred with less damage to both the donor and injection sites.

    How long will transferred fat typically last?

    There is no definite length to the amount of time that the benefits of a fat transfer will last. Over the course of a few months or a year, a portion of the injected fat will be reabsorbed and fraction of the original volume will remain in place.

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