Frequently asked questions on Fat injections
Please find below a list of frequently asked questions regarding facial fat injections (facial fat transfer)
Fat injections, otherwise known as facial fat grafting, can be administered to the face. Fat injections requires harvesting from a specific “donor site” of your body (such as the buttocks or abdomen). A specific liposuction technique is used to extract the fat from the donor site, with a small tube (called a cannula). The suctioned fat from the donor area is then transferred to the face, as a graft.
You may consider facial fat injections / facial fat grafts when you have deep facial wrinkles, hollows or creases. You may consider facial fat injections if you are looking for a more permanent facial correction procedure (in comparison to temporary fillers). Fat grafting / fat injections are a good procedure when it comes to filling bodily depressions and rejuvenating the face.
The fat used in the fat injection procedure is autologous. In other words, it is taken from a donor site from your own body. This means allergic reactions are extremely rare and you also benefit from removing fat from another area in your body. Fat injection treatment is minimally invasive and does not require incisions.
Fat injections (or facial fat grafting) are considered relatively safe and risk free as a cosmetic surgery procedure. There is very little risks for adverse effects when using your own fat as a filler.
The discomfort from fat injections is usually minimal. It can easily be controlled with medication. Most patients take pain medication for the first two days. Doctor Shahar will provide you with the necessary prescriptions.
Some swelling, bruising may appear and last for about 48 hours. Patient should avoid the sun until it subsides. Recovery times vary from patient to patient. However, it should take no longer than 1-2 weeks of recovery time.
The results are permanent. However, a small portion of the re-injected fat will be reabsorbed during the first six months. For a long-lasting effect, facial fat grafting patients generally receive 3 to 4 treatments over a six-month period. Fat injections last longest when the fat is injected in stationary areas (such as the cheeks).
The costs of fat injections / fat transfers depends on the complexity of your facial fat transfer, the areas that require injections and your aesthetic goals. Additionally, facial fat injections require harvesting fat from a donor site. The fat needs to be processed before being re-injected. Please call our office at (212) 717-4066 (NYC) or Book a Consultation to arrange for a free consultation with Dr. Shahar.