There are a lot of great cosmetic procedures that can help rejuvenate one’s aging skin. Microlipoinjection, also known as autologous fat transfer, is one such procedure that people rely on to help make improvements to the quality of their skin.

It involves extracting fat from unwanted areas of one’s body, such as the stomach, thighs, and buttocks, and using it to plump up problems areas in one’s face. Doing so helps address the common signs of aging such as frown lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles, and fine lines.

The treatment is also effective in adding volume to sunken cheeks and revitalizing the skin. It is safe and highly effective. In order to undergo this type of surgical treatment, you should be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy.

Fat Injections Versus Dermal Fillers

Unlike dermal fillers, facial fat injections do not introduce a foreign material into the patient’s body. There is no chance of an allergic reaction occurring as the fat is harvested from one’s own body. Therefore, this benefits people who are sensitive to the composition of dermal fillers.

Another factor that sets facial fat injections apart is the long-lasting effects it can provide. Dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid may require additional treatments as the effects disappear over the course of several months.

The effects of fat injections can last from several months to more than two years! This makes it a popular option among people who want a longer lasting and more natural look.

Before the Procedure

Before the fat transfer begins, your doctor will review your medical history. Patients will be asked to avoid alcohol 48 hours before the treatment and avoid taking medications like aspirin and ibuprofen that cause the blood to thin. During your initial consultation, you can discuss the details of the procedure and the possible results.

The Fat Transfer Treatment

To begin the procedure, your doctor will apply an anesthetic to help you feel comfortable. First, the required fat is harvested from specific areas which are called donor sites.

The extracted fat is then processed and purified in a special centrifuge. This removes the damaged fat cells. Only whole, undamaged, and cleansed fat cells are then used for the fat transfer. The fat cells are then reinjected into the recipient site. This leaves the skin looking youthful and full.

After The Procedure

The recovery is fast and easy compared to other types of plastic surgeries. You can expect very little downtime during your recovery period. There will be slight swelling, bruising, and soreness in the treatment areas, but it will subside. Cold compresses can be applied to minimize any discomfort you experience. If the pain becomes significant, your dermatologist may prescribe pain-relievers.

You can expect your final results to show once the swelling subsides. Follow up appointments will help monitor the progress and determine if additional treatments may be necessary.

Contact Our Office

You don’t have to settle with looking old and tired for the rest of your life. With facial fat transfers, you can achieve the youthful look you desire without having the potential negative effects of dermal fillers. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hung William Song to learn more.