Fat injection, also known as fat transfer, is a procedure which can restore a fuller, more youthful appearance to the face by using fat to add volume to the facial features. Fat injection can fill in and improve the appearance of skin depressions, wrinkles and lines, and some types of scars. The procedure may be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures like a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift or skin resurfacing.
Artefill, a facial filler, is a good alternative to fat injection. Facial implants such as malar implants or sub-malar implants are also valid options.
If you are healthy, under the age of 65 and interested in fuller, more youthful facial features, then fat injection may be right for you. You must not be so thin as to not have any extra donor fat for harvest.
During a consultation for fat injections, Dr. Naderi will examine your face, take a thorough medical history, and discuss your goals. All aspects of the fat injection procedure will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.
Dr. Naderi performs fat injection procedures in INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.
MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or general anesthesia may be used for fat injections.
Fat injections are performed by making a small incision in a donor area such as the hips, buttocks or thighs. Fat is removed through gentle liposuction, prepared, and then injected into the facial area with a small needle. Because only 50% to 70% of the injected fat survives after treatment, is necessary to overfill the treatment area. Some patients may require a second or third follow-up procedure.
Fat injection takes about an hour to complete. A second or third follow-up procedure may be necessary for some patients.
Any pain or discomfort that patients experience us usually very minor.
Recovery after fat injection takes one to two weeks. Both the donor and recipient site may appear bruised, swollen or red. Swelling typically fades within several weeks. The face may also appear puffy at first as overfilling is necessary.
Patients can return to work in about one week after the fat injection procedure.
Patients will need to wait for two to three weeks after the fat injection procedure before partaking in strenuous activities or exercise.
Sutures are not always necessary with fat injection. If they are required, they will removed in about a week after the procedure.
All surgery carries potential risks. Those associated with fat injection may include possible edema for several weeks and, though infrequent, infection.
Insurance typically does not cover fat injection procedures that are performed for purely cosmetic purposes. Some degree of coverage may be available when used to treat a scar or other indentations resulting from injury or accident. Patients should check with their own insurance company.
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Naderi’s office in Reston, VA is conveniently located near the following:
- Northern Virginia
- Fairfax county
- Loudoun County
- Town Center
- Tysons corner
- Virginia beach
- Great falls
- Montgomery County
- Howard County
- Baltimore, MD
- Chevy Chase
- White Marsh
- Arundle Mills
- Washington DC
- Washington D.C.
- Adams Morgan
- Pentagon City
- North west
- Falls church