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Fat Injections

Fat Injections or fat transfers involve removal of fat from one part of the body and transplanting it to another, e.g. to the lips or cheeks. The fat is collected in a syringe by liposuction, centrifuged and then re-injected through a large calibre needle. The result depends on the fat transferred becoming a living graft and surviving long term in its new location. Only a percentage of the transplanted fat will survive. It will survive better in some areas than others.

The surgeons at the Aesthetic Day Surgery will give you a realistic indication of the results you can personally expect from fat injections during your initial consultation.

What are Fat Injections?
Fat injections or fat transfers involve removal of fat from one part of the body and transplanting it to another e.g. to the lips or cheeks.

How are Fat Injections carried out?
The fat is collected in a syringe by liposuction, centrifuged and then re-injected through a large calibre needle.

What results can I expect from Fat Injections?
The result depends on the fat transferred becoming a living graft and surviving long term in its new location. Only a percentage of the transplanted fat will survive. It will survive better in some areas than others.

Are Fat Injections suitable for me?
The decision to go ahead with an aesthetic procedure is a very personal one. The first step is a consultation with one of the qualified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Day Surgery. Whatever your reasons you should frankly discuss your personal goals and expectations with respect to the outcome of the procedure (both physical and emotional) with your surgeon. As with any aesthetic surgery you should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, fat injection surgery may last anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2 hours. However, please keep in mind that this is only actual surgical time. To ensure the highest standard of personalised patient care, attention to detail and results, the Aesthetic Day Surgery requires you to spend appropriate time both immediately before and after the procedure within the surgery. In general you would need to allocate up to a full day of your time to allow for pre-operative procedures, the surgery itself and appropriate post operative care. (Not: this time would be in addition to your initial and follow up consultations with an ADS Surgeon).

How long will it take me to recover from a Fat Injection procedure?
Depending on the site e.g. lips may be quite swollen for one week – other areas often have very little swelling. In general most patients would be able to return to work the next day or within a few days.

Will the procedure leave any scars?
Fat transplant procedures are very unlikely to leave any visible scaring.

What are the side effects and potential complications of fat injections?
Bruising, swelling and infection may occur. Some disappearance of the transferred fat is inevitable. However the fat that remains at about 3-4 months will remain long term.