Fat injections can be an effective way to reduce wrinkles, reduce acne scarring, regain a more youthful appearance and deal with contour irregularities.
Fat Injections or Fat Grafting is the technique of moving fat from one area of the body to another to improve contour, correct defects or enhance features.
It has been used by reconstructive plastic surgeons for several decades.
The Fat Injections treatmet takes place in the modern Spire Little Aston Hospital near Birmingham
How does it work?
The fat cells taken from one part of your own body are injected back into the desired area such as the cheeks, lips or chin replenishing the skins collagen layer, smoothing lines and wrinkles and plumping out the treated area. Prior to being injected they are centrifuged.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas for treatment are frown lines and crows feet. They can help fill out deep facial wrinkles, creases and furrows, sunken cheeks, skin depressions and some types of scars.
They can also be used to add a fuller, more sensuous look to the lips.
How is the treatment performed?
A fat-injection procedure is a two-step process. First the donor site is cleansed and then anesthetised. Then fat is harvested through a liposuction canula (tube) from the abdomen or hips and once extracted is aspirated and washed in saline to remove damaged fat cells prior to injection.
Once treated the fat cells are then injected with a small syringe into the desired locations. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic and with other cosmetic surgical procedures.
How long does it last?
The long lastingness of the fat injections varies significantly with each individual patient.
Some patients have reported results lasting a year or more, but the majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears after 18 months.
Repeat injections may, therefore, be necessary.
Are there any side effects?
As with any medical procedure there can be side effects. Most people experience some swelling and redness for the first 24-48 hours. Itching and mild discomfort is not uncommon.
There is no risk from allergic reaction because the fat is harvested from your own body. Infection is extremely rare and if needed antibiotics will be given for 5 days.