Fat Transfer – Injectable Implant

injectable fat taken from your own body is the most frequently used material for filling facial wrinkles and frown lines. Fat injections create a smooth, friendly, and youthful appearance by raising deep folds and depressions in your skin. The most frequent sites for injections are along the creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, around the lips, and along the frown lines above the nose.

Results of Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transfer or micro-lipoinjection, fills facial features with the patient’s own fat. Because the fat comes from your own body, you cannot develop an allergic reaction. Fat transfer to the face is a safe procedure designed to re-contour the face and provide definition to cheeks, chin, lips and eyes.The fat used for fat transfer is removed either with a syringe or via liposuction from one part of your body, like the abdomen or thighs, and injected into another area that requires plumping.

Injected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is successful for the correction of grooves under the eyes and sunken cheeks. Fat grafting can also correct atrophic, aging of the hands.

  • Inform us about any allergies, any serious medical condition(s), and all medications you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines for two weeks prior to surgery.

Fat grafting is performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where the fat is most tightly packed, such as the abdomen.

Once removed, the fat is processed to remove excess fluid and then reinjected using another needle, which is placed just under the skin beneath the wrinkle. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.

AnesthesiaFat: local.
Surgery Length15 minutes to 1 hour per session. Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness.
Side EffectsTemporary stinging, throbbing, or burning sensation. Faint redness, swelling, excess fullness.
Recovery Period
Stay in Hospital
Stay in Thailand5-7 days

Swelling is expected after fat injection and discomfort following the procedure can be easily controlled with medication. There may also be some bruising. Over the first few months your body will absorb about 65% of the fat. The remaining 35% will usually stay in place. For longer lasting results, patients usually receive three or four treatments over six months.

What are some of the most common benefits of this surgery?
Fat injections can significantly reduce or eliminate wrinkles and other skin imperfections. It can also give patients a more youthful appearance by reestablishing pleasing contours. Fat is the first choice of material when injections are needed in deeper layers of tissue or larger volumes (greater than 10cc). However, injected fat may not last as long as some other materials. The fat is slowly absorbed by the body, although the amount of absorption is variable, and frequently hard to predict. Typically, more than half of the fat used in injectable treatments is absorbed with six months of the operation. Almost all patients will permanently retain some of the injected fat. However this percentage varies from patient to patient. If a significant amount of fat is absorbed, a second procedure may be needed to completely correct the sagging, wrinkling or other skin imperfections.