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Fat transfer (injection)

A dermal filler treatment that utilizes fat removed from one part of a patient's body and injected elsewhere.

Fat Transfer (Injection) Side Effects

Fat extraction and grafting can cause scars and infection. The injections can leave your skin red, bruised, or tender for a few days.

Who shouldn't use it: Individuals who have difficulty healing from wounds should not consider autologous fat transplantation. Because edema, or fluid beneath the skin, is usually present for two weeks following the procedure, another fat transplantation is not recommended within three months of the original procedure.

Drawbacks: Fat injections are more invasive, time-consuming, and intrusive than other dermal fillers. The technique is more difficult than demal fillers and interested parties should seek out experienced practitioners.

Recovery Time For Fat Transfer (Injection)

The treatment site may be puffy, bruised, numb, or bloated right after the injections. This will last one to two weeks. For less complex procedures, you'll need one to four days to recover. More aggressive fat transfers can take a week or two or even longer for recovery.

After care for fat transfer (injection): An oral antibiotic may be prescribed prior to or following the procedure. Once replaced into the skin, you want the fat deposits to stay put, so avoid making animated gestures or facial expressions. Don't massage the affected area either.

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