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Fat transfer is a medical procedure that uses a patient’s own fat tissue to increase the volume of fat in different areas of the body. It can be used to improve the effects of ageing in the hands, face, lips, buttocks or breasts.
When fat is removed by liposuction, it can be frozen and used later to fill lines and defects in other parts of the body, especially the face. In many cases it may last for many years and therefore provides a more long-lasting alternative to dermal fillers.
Fat injections are useful for the deeper furrows and contour defects of the face, for example, the nasolabial folds which are the furrows running from the nose to the mouth. It can also be used to fill in hollows and depressions caused by acne and other surgical procedures. It is suitable to resculpt the face in the areas which are lost with age.
What does it involve?
Fat is initially removed using the liposuction technique. The best areas for harvesting are the abdomen, flanks or lateral thighs. It is then washed and centrifuged before being injected into the area required.
Is it possible to be allergic to the fat?
There is no risk of allergy with fat transfers as you are being injected with your tissue. This is in contrast to being injected with Dermal fillers to which allergies occur.
How long will it last?
Fat grafts have the potential to be permanent. This of course depends on survival of the grafted fat cells. After the procedure some of the fat cells will be re-absorbed and re-injection may be necessary approximately two months after the initial procedure. We can store frozen harvested fat for up to one year, so it makes injection at later stage possible. Approximately 30% to 50% of the fat will still be present after twelve months.
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