(Fat filling in cheeks and lips)
WHAT IS LIPOFILLING?
Lipofilling, also known as fat transfer, is a procedure in which certain areas of the body are filled with one's own body fat. It is a minimally-invasive procedure, and can be used to enhance the appearance of facial features, such as the cheeks and lips.
WHY OPT FOR LIPOFILLING?
The procedure is highly effective for individuals who would like to increase the plumpness of their cheeks, and restore volume to the lips.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
The fat that is used to fill the cheeks and lips can be extracted from various areas of the body where there is enough fat, including the abdomen and thighs. The fat is extracted by means of liposuction, a procedure in which excess fat cells are suctioned out of the body with the use of a special vacuum.
Once the fat cells have been extracted from the body, they are sterilised and prepared before they are injected into the treatment area. The fat is injected in very small amounts, and is evenly distributed into the treatment area.
The procedure is generally performed under local anaesthetic and generally takes around an hour, depending on the size of the areas being treated.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
You may experience some bruising, swelling, and sensitivity following treatment. A cold compress can be helpful in minimising swelling, although it should subside gradually over time.
All swelling should subside within three weeks following treatment, although Dr September will generally only assess the final result after around three months. By this time some of the transplanted fat cells will have died, and any over-correction will have settled. Follow-up treatments may be recommended if you would like to increase the volume of the treatment areas some more.