Fat cells are harvested from the body through special cannulas with the patient under local anesthetic and with use of sedative medication (sedation). The harvested fat is then specially treated before it is injected with a special cannula (Coleman’s technique) in the desired facial area.
For this procedure to be successful there must be areas from which fat can be harvested to move it to the desired area. The amount of fat depends on the volume of the area to be corrected. Usually, relatively small amounts of fat are harvested, but it is preferable that a specific area of the body be accessed in the event that a correction is necessary at the same time. For example, liposuction of the abdomen or thighs, harvesting the fat, could be combined with correction of the face and lips, reintroducing the harvested fat.
The body responds very well and integrates the fat into the receiving area; however, the body will reabsorb approximately 30% of the transferred fat. Therefore, initially, the course of action is to overcorrect the treated area to compensate for this loss.
At consultation with your surgeon your requirements will be reviewed thoroughly with regard to the whole process and the area from which the fat will be harvested. You will also discuss whether this should be handled simultaneously or in separate operations.
In a standard fat injection, a small incision of about 1-2 mm is made in which the needles are inserted to inject the fat. The wound is closed with sutures that self-dissolve. No sick leave will likely be necessary. Physical training and hard physical work should be avoided for 2 weeks after surgery. It is recommended that the incision sites be taped for 2 months after surgery.
To get optimal results and avoid complications
Avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 2 weeks following the surgery.
You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery.
The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery