Liposculpture is synonymous with fat injection and fat transfer, which refers to the process of taking fat from your stomach area (or another area) and injecting it into your facial area (or other area).
As you age, the dermis under your skin thins out. Adding soft tissue volume (such as fat) makes the face look younger. Fat injections on the face can be used to lessen the lines around the mouth, fill out the cheeks and chin (areas which might have otherwise used facial implants), or as an all purpose filler in the face. It is also used in other areas of the body such as the buttocks (Brazilian Butt lift) & in treatment of aging hands.
Do fat injections last?
Ans.: Some patients think that fat injections “do not last”. However, this is not the case. When properly done, a large percentage of the injected fat cells do indeed survive. These are ‘permanent.’ Since some fat cells are lost, the effect of the fat transfer is not as dramatic after a few weeks. For this reason, we tend to ‘overcorrect,’ or inject more than we need to, knowing that after a few weeks the final result will be more to the patient’s liking. If we inject less, the patient may be happy with the initial result, but be disappointed over time as the results ‘disappear’.
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What other parts of the body are fat injections or fat transfers done?
Ans.: Fat transfers can be used for buttocks augmentation, also known as the brazilian butt lift. Fat is first liposuctioned from the stomach or flank area and then processed in a special decanting technique. The purified fat is then transferred or injected into the butt with special cannulas. Using fat transfers for butt augmentation gives a very flattering, sensual, and natural look. Buttock augmentation is done as a part of body contouring surgeries and usually combined with liposuction and tummy tucks for a body makeover.
Another area which can benefit from a fat injection is the hands. Fat injections can give the hand a fuller and younger contour.
How are fat injections different from injectible fillers like restylane?
Ans.: Compared to injectable facial fillers such as Restylane, fat transfers are more of an involved procedure because the fat has to be harvested from another part of the body. However, unlike injectable fillers, fat transfers can be used in larger volumes to fill larger defects.
How much do fat injections cost?
Ans.: The fee for fat injections to the face varies, depending on the area(s) to be injected. If the procedure is done in conjunction with another facial procedure, a professional discount is usually applied.
Sameer Karkhanis, MD
Board-Certified Mumbai Plastic Surgeon
Chief Plastic Surgeon & the Director at CCRS is a qualified Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is Board Certified, with the qualification of DNB Plastic Surgery (Diplomate of National Board). He is an active member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.