Posted by: Chant | 2009-01-18

Injecting our own fat to our face

I am not sure what that procedure called but its getting fat from some parts of the body and inject it to the face, what is the advantage and disadvantage of this procedure compare to fillers?

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Hello Chant, thank you for the question.

An autologous fat graft is the process of injecting one’s own fat into areas that will benefit from such a treatment, such as the face.

The main advantage to this procedure is the long lasting effects (5 to 8 years).

The main disadvantages are as follows:

A relatively aggressive procedure that requires the breakdown of veins in the subcutaneous and fatty layer which results in substantial bruising and swelling (downtime to be expected from 2 to 4 weeks)
The surgeon will need to over compensate the degree of correction as not all of the newly placed fat ‘takes’ or remains viable
Occasionally the procedure does not work as the fat does not graft itself to the veins; or takes on one side of the face and not on the other
Invasive with risks of damage to underlying structures or infection
Must be performed by a trained plastic surgeon
Certain areas should not be treated such as the eye area

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