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Fat grafting/filling for volume enhancement of the face
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE:
- Volume loss in the face especially in the mid-face and temporal area.
- Rejuvenation around the eyes and the tear trough.
- Rejuvenation of the skin and contour enhancement.
- Permanent volume enhancement of the lips.
- May be beneficial in improving scar quality.
Fat grafting has become very popular in plastic surgery. There is plenty of research showing the advantages of fat grafting and the effects on skin.
Not only does fat act as filling agent but stem cells within the fat promote skin health and improve the quality of the surrounding tissues.
Fat is usually harvested from stubborn areas of the body through very small incisions (minimal access). These areas include the tummy, thighs and love handles. Other benefits of this procedure include fat reduction in these stubborn areas.
The fat is harvested, processed and injected with very fine cannulae into the areas that require volume and contouring. The stem cells in the fat theoretically also stimulate the fibroblasts and other cells to promote a healthier looking skin.
Furthermore, the effects of fat are permanent however multiple sessions may be required as 30-40% of the fat injected may resorb.
15 min – 3 hours depending on the extent of fat grafting
Liposuction, Facelifts, Blepharoplasty
Post op recovery is usually a few days (up to 7), there may be some bruising associated. Final long-term appearance at least 3 months after fat grafting.
Dr Dimitri Liakos is a member of the College of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa and a member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa (APRASSA).
He is a member of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons (WSRM) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).