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As we grow older, the underlying muscles that keep our faces
looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down. This leaves our faces with creases and other conditions that
are often associated with aging.
There are also other factors such as smiling, squinting, and other facial movements that contribute to these conditions.
There are surgical procedures that can help improve upon these conditions. However for those that want to enhance their facial appearance, fat injections offers a minimally-invasive solution.
What is Fat Injections?
Fat injection, also known as autologous fat transplantation, and microlipoinjection, is a procedure whereby fat is harvested from one’s own body, including the abdomen, thighs, and others, then injecting this fat into the person’s facial area.
Fat injections can improve upon various conditions associated with aging, including laugh lines, forehead wrinkles, sunken cheeks and others.
Fat injections can also be used to enhance the lips.
Fat injections can leave the person with a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance.
Unlike surgical procedures, this new appearance resulting from fat injections is temporary. Depending on the patient, the results disappear within 9 - 18 months. However, unlike Collagen injections, fat injections do not require a skin test. Allergic reaction is not a factor since the fat is harvested from the patient’s own body.
With the increasing popularity of various cosmetic surgery procedures, including Microlipoinjection or fat transfer procedure, it is imperative that the prospective patient research and understand different issues like what the procedure can and cannot treat, inherent risks, costs, and so on. Keep in mind, cosmetic surgery is just that – a surgical procedure whose results cannot simply be erased. When considering any form of cosmetic surgery, it is important to have a good understanding of the procedure before making a decision. Take some time to view the introductory information we have provided on fat injection. While the information contained in this website will provide you with a basic understanding of the procedure, it may not answer all of your questions. To get complete answers to the questions you are seeking, we recommend that you Contact US.
What Are The Benefits Of Fat Injections?
Fat injections can improve upon appearances caused by aging. Those conditions include:
- Filling in deep facial wrinkles and creases
- Plumping up creased and sunken areas (dark halos around eyes)
- Adding fullness to the lips and cheeks
- Creating a better balance to one’s facial appearance
By enhancing one’s appearance, it can also possibly give a boost to one’s self-confidence.
Who is the ideal candidate for Microlipoinjection?
Cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, will provide a longer lasting result than non-surgical procedures like fat injections.
Fat injections are a solution to those who want a quick, easy procedure, with a minimal amount of downtime.
How are Fat Injections Performed?
Before illustrating microlipoinjection procedure, We should know that there are two types of fat cells in our body. One type is the stable one which present under the skin and it has no response to external factors. The other type is the deeper one which respond to diet and exercises...etc. The immature fat cells are present in spaces between mature one.
The aim of the microlipoinjection procedure is to transfer these immature cells to recipient site to become mature and deposit fat in this site.
- Fat injections are typically a quick procedure, usually taking around 30 minutes to an hour, possibly longer, depending upon the patient.
- Pain is minimal because anesthesia is administered to the area where fat will be removed and the areas where fat will be reintroduced.
- The fat is withdrawn from certain donor areas, either using a needle, or through techniques similar to those used during liposuction.
- The fat is then treated through a centrifuge and certain materials to be injected back into the needed areas.
- These areas are overfilled with fat to allow for absorption following treatment. This may make the face appear puffy or swollen, temporarily, of course.
Treated fat cells (immature fat cells suspension):
The middle suspension contains the most viable immature fate cells and some of the liquid fat (Our traget).
Points of entry, Directions and Amounts of injected Fat:
The injected fat should be applied in different planes as rows rather than in one plane as a group to enhance its survival and avoid central necrosis.
What is after?
People who undergo fat injections can return to their normal daily routines soon after treatment. Bruising, swelling or redness in both the donor and injected areas are expected. However this swelling and puffiness may only last a few weeks.
The recovery period is different for those who undergo liposuction for fat removal. So please review our section on Liposuction for more information on the recovery process.
Are There Any Risks to Fat Injections?
Because fat injections use fat harvested from your own body, any form of allergic reaction is avoided. However, there is always a possibility of swelling and rarely infection.
How Long Will These Results Last?
Patients must understand that the results of fat injections are not permanent except in rare cases. The body will eventually reabsorb the fat, so follow-up appointments are necessary.
Results of fat injections usually vary from patient to patient. Most patients experience half of the fullness disappearing within three to six months after treatment. In order to maintain results, further treatments are necessary. Those who do not continue with their treatment will notice their appearance reverting to a pre-treatment state.
How Much Do Fat Injections Typically Cost?
Often the price says nothing about the quality of the work. Most multicenter clinics charge much more than private doctors — their advertising budget is more and the owner of the clinic has to take his 20% or 30% off the top. In my opinion, you are less likely to get a quality procedures at these multi-center locations.
Although price is a factor when deciding on surgery, the most important factor is that you feel you are getting a good quality, natural-looking result from the procedure.
Microlipoinjection costs are variable according to the deformity and the used technique. Usually the cost is ranging from 1000 to 1500 U.S. dollars. When dealing with costs, you also need to take into consideration the fact that the procedure may need to be repeated. Most medical insurance providers do not cover the procedure.
Frequently asked questions from patients when considering undergoing microlipoinjection?!
Personality analysis by face?
"Height of the crown indicates the idealism but more so the authority of the person. When the crown is low the person lacks in confidence to the degree that the crown is underdeveloped. An overdeveloped goes to a tyrannical, authoritarian nature. A well developed crown shows an ambitious nature.
- Upper portion of the top of the head relates to imagination in proportion to its development and the dominance
- Width or narrowness when viewed from the front: passive
- Length: reveals foresight
- Short head, when viewed sideways can indicate lack of forethought and a more live in the moment attitude.
- Flat: pragmatic nature
- Wide: Intelligence, skilled worker, good student, practical in life, idealistic, creative
- High, rounded and deep: idealistic, friendships important
- Shallow forehead with a low hairline, perhaps with a widow's peak: problems with career choices, which will change through the person's life, thoughtful, idealistic, wants to help others, health career
- Exaggerated: dreamer, needs to focus on detail
- Receding: often found in men with male pattern baldness, may indicate impatient and spontaneous manner in life, esteem issues
- Indented: emotional problems, learning challenges, and difficulty completing tasks -- with indented eyebrow ridge - quick tempered, impulsive, ambitious
- Pointed: higher intelligence especially if the hairline is set back and not narrow.
- Wrinkles: The appearance of wrinkle and lines on the face are usually genetic. They may also speak of a troubled life, too much time spent in the sun, and are sometimes called 'worry lines.' Once again, in this day and age, they can be concealed with Botox, collagen, skin peels, makeup, and skin creams".
Q - What is the type of anesthesia, and when I can return to normal life?
A - According to your preference and the procedures. General anesthesia or Local anesthesia, and you can practice your normal life 2 hours up to few weeks.
Q - What are the symptoms that may occur in the first five days after fat injection procedures?
A - Soreness which could be managed by pain killer’s medications and there may be edema or swelling of the face.
Q - What are the guarantees that the success of the process?
A - There is no doubt that the followers of the medical instructions and close follow up visits are the main factors for the success of any surgical procedure. If not, the process to achieve the agreed outcomes before, the process repeats at reduced cost. The procedure may needs refine touch after 2 weeks.
Q - When can we get the final results?
A - The final results is achieved after the first three weeks.
Q - Is the rejuvenated face seems naturally?
A - Yes.
Q - What is ideal age for fat injection?
A - It could be done at any age.
Q - If you are not Egyptian, What is the minimum period for follow up?
A - Five days.
Q - What are the contraindications of fat injection procedures?
A - There are no absolute contraindications but the patients should inform their surgeons about any allergies, serious medical conditions, and medications they may be taking. Smokers should stop smoking 2 weeks before surgical procedures to promote the healing process.
Q - Where will the Microlipoinjection procedures be performed?
A - In hospital or may be in outpatient bases (clinic).
Q - In my case, what amount is most appropriate in helping me achieve my cosmetic goal?
A - It depend on the your age, facial features and your preference.
Q - How much does fat injection procedure cost and what elements factor into that cost like hospital fees, anesthesia, and so on?
A - Ranging from 1000 to 1500 U.S. dollars. Medical insurance dose not cover facial rejuvenation procedures.
Q - What is the surgeon’s level of experience in performing Microlipoinjection procedures?
A - Consultant or Doctoral in Plastic surgery.
Q - What percentage of patients experience complications with fat injection procedures?
A - 10 - 12%
Summary of Fat injection (Microlipoinjection) Procedures:
The time of the procedure:
from half to two hours.
Type of anesthesia: local anesthesia +/- sedation or General.
Location: hospital or clinic with or without postoperative hospital stay.
Expected Side effects: Temporary swelling and pain.
Recovery time: return to work after 2 hours and the final outcome within 3 weeks.
Cost: according to procedure ranging from 1000 to 1500 U.S. dollars, or 5500 to 8,000 Egyptian pounds.
Results: according to procedure ranging from months to years and sometimes permanent results.
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