Fat transfer – face

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Fat transfer – face

What is fat transfer and why is it done?


Žena pre operacije transfera masti

Fat transfer is the procedure in which the fat cells are taken through liposuction from parts of the body where there is excess (the area of the stomach around the belly button, hip area, inner side of the knee) and then injected into some other part of face or body of the same patient to the reshape it, restore the volume, and/or reduce the wrinkles. The fat transfer includes two procedures in one. At the same time, you lose excess fat from critical parts of the body, and the same fat is transferred to the places which lack it.

The candidates for the fat transfer cannot be skinny people, because the result depends on the amount of fat taken from the body.


What is the outcome of the fat transfer to the face?

The fat transfer gives back the youthful look and renews the tone of the face in a completely natural way. It can fill in the holes on the face (sunken cheeks), reduce wrinkles (nasolabial, around eyes, and on the forehead). The face can be contoured, especially in the jaw zone. The fat transfer enables reshaping of the chin and filling in the holes around the eyes, on the temples, cheeks, and forehead.

The fat transfer results last longer than the ones from the Hyaluronic acid fillers. The length of the effect is individual. Scientific researches have shown that they can last 2-4 years, and sometimes even longer.

When is the fat transfer done?

The fat transfer procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The cleaned fat tissue, acquired through liposuction, is injected into certain parts of the face.

The procedure lasts around 90 minutes.

What is the preparation for the fat transfer to the face?

Before the fat transfer, you will have a consultation with the surgeon and decide on the desired results. Before the fat transfer, it is necessary to do the liposuction from the parts of the body where there is an excess of fat deposits, and then prepare thos fat cells for the transfer procedure.

Are the results of the fat transfer long-lasting?

About 30% of the injected fat cells will not “survive“ the transplantation. For them to become a part of the tissue, a web of blood cells must be formed that will supply them with blood and oxygen. Sometimes more fat is injected, so the face looks swollen. But it is done because it is considered that a portion of the cells will resorb by natural selection.

A portion of the fat taken by liposuction can be stored and kept for a possible additional correction. It is kept in sterile conditions, in low temperatures, according to the World Health Organisation’s protocols.

Are there any risks?

The possibility of any risks during the fat transfer to the face is very low, especially if it is done in sterile surroundings by an experienced surgeon.

Mild bruising and swellings might appear at the injection site. In some people, the skin can have an uneven tone, but that issue is solved by cold compresses and light massages.



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