What are Fat Injections?
Also called fat transfer or fat grafting, this is a procedure wherein fat is normally extracted from different parts of the body, and in turn, it will be injected in another part that need volume enhancement. The goal is to be able to add fullness or volume to the specific part where the fat will be transferred. Fat can be commonly taken from the outer thighs, knees medially, buttocks or any other part of the body that is assessed to have excess fat. In turn, it can be transferred on the different parts of the face, such as cheeks, jawline, and lips.
Are you a Candidate for Face Injections?
Generally speaking, facial injections are safe and effective, making everyone a potential candidate. This is especially the case if you have the desire for volume enhancements in the face. You need to be physically healthy. This is an excellent procedure of choice if you are looking for the perfect way to deal with wrinkles, fine lines, sunken cheeks, saggy face, frown lines, and dark under-eye circles. At the end of the day, the best way for you to determine if you will be eligible for such procedure is to have a consultation with Dr. Sheffield.
How Is It Performed?
For autologous fat transfer, another term for fat injections, to be successful, it is important that it is performed correctly and only by a qualified professional. You must use local anesthetic in a fluid solution so there is minimal blood loss. The liquid is then separated from the fat which then will be injected in the specific area of your face. Once it is injected and after the procedure is done, Dr. Sheffield will provide you with post-op instructions that you should follow religiously in order to optimize success. The major advantage of fat injection is the use of your own tissue and the avoidance of any tissue rejection since it is your own tissue. Infection is very uncommon also. Fat grafting is imperfect like other fillers or injectables and may require additional treatments depending on the varying amount of success of the graft take. However, it is wise not to over correct the patient especially in areas around the eyes and cheeks.
How much are Fat Injections?
Fat transfer cost can be affected by a number of factors, such as the extent of the procedure that will be done where it will be. Generally speaking, however, the cost is slightly more than fillers.
What are the Side Effects?
Similar to other surgical procedures, there are risks that are involved. In the case of facial fat transfer, some of the most common adverse effects that can be possibly experienced include bleeding, excretion of clear fluid, swelling, bruising, redness, and numbness. These, however, can be less likely if a skilled professional performs the procedure and if you follow the after-care procedures.