Fat Transfer & Fat Injection
Fat Injection: This treatment is usually better for small depressions. Fat injection is done on an outpatient basis. Small amounts of fat are injected into the deep skin layers under the depression or defect.
Fat Transfer: The patient’s own fat is collected (suctioned) from a distant donor area and reinjected into the defect area.
Fat injections are an outpatient procedure. Fat transfer may require sedation plus local anesthesia if larger amounts of fat are to be collected. Small amounts of fat can be collected and transferred under local anesthesia. The treated areas usually look normal within a few days.
Additional procedures that could enhance the result of Fat Injections are other facial cosmetic procedures such as Face Lift, Eyelid Lift, Rhinoplasty, etc.
Fat transfer is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.