Having fat removed from areas where there is a surplus – usually the stomach or thighs – and injected in areas where it is lacking, such as the cheeks, sounds too good to be true but it is a perennially popular procedure, particularly with cosmetic surgeons who also do non-surgical work. The fat that survives the transfer with stay in the new location for good.
Pain level: Low
Cost from: £2500
Recovery time: 1-3 Days
Where is it used for:
Cheeks and possibly around the eyes.
How does it work:
A small quantity of fat is taken from the stomach or thighs, purified, and then reinjected into the part of the face where it is needed – most usually in the cheeks, but possibly around the eyes. New blood vessels need to grow through the fat to keep it alive, and how well this process of ‘vascularisation’ happens determines how much of the fat survives in its new location.
How long does it take:
A few hours – it depends on the clinic and its way of processing the fat for transfer.
Low to medium
Local anaesthetic for the fat removal by liposuction. Numbing cream for injections, if needed
It depends. If plain fat is used for this process, up to 50% of it may die off and not ‘take’ in its new location. Adding PRP or a stem cell solution to the fat enhances its chances of survival. You won’t know the final result until 3-4 months after treatment.
Permanently – at least for the fat that survives the transfer.
After treatment/ recovery:
Some puffiness and possible bruising for a week after treatment. It will take up to four months to see the finished result.
Things to bear in mind:
If plain fat is used for this process, up to 50% of it may die off and not ‘take’ in its new location. Adding PRP or a stem cell solution to the fat enhances its chances of survival.
Fat Injections can help you with these concerns: