Fat grafting can be performed to the face, lips, back of hands, buttocks and breasts. Fat is retrieved with liposuction techniques from the patient’s abdomen, back, or thighs. The fat is prepared with washing and/or spinning methods, and then injected back into the patient in the desired areas. Fat can be injected in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, forehead, earlobes, and/or chin for facial rejuvenation.
Not only does the fat augment deflated areas of the face, it can also help to improve skin quality over the areas of injection.
Fat can be injected in the lips to create fuller lips and can help reduce the appearance of lip lines.
Fat can also be injected in the breasts or buttocks to achieve more fullness and volume in these areas.
Fat can be injected in the back of the hands in patients wishing to improve the appearance of wrinkles and prominent veins in the back of their hands, which are often ‘telltale’ signs of aging.
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30 minutes for smaller areas (face, lips)
Up to 2 hours for larger areas (buttocks, breasts)
The patient can expect some bruising and swelling in the areas of injection for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery.
The swelling subsides over the following weeks and the final result is typically apparent after 3-4 months.
This patient is 58 years old. She does not like how the back of her hands ‘show’ her age.
Dr. Wan performed fat grafting to the back of her hands to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and veins.
This patient is 54 years old.
Dr. Wan performed fat grafting to her upper and lower lips (3 cc) to improve their fullness and reduce the appearance of lines.
This patient is 21 years old. She has no children.
Dr. Wan performed breast lift and transferred fat from the patient’s belly to her breasts to give her more cleavage. No implants were used.