Plastic Surgery


What is the Lipofilling?

The lipofilling is a procedure during which patient’s own fat tissue is used to address or treat other areas in the human body. Otherwise known as fat transfer, lipofilling can either be done on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures.

The fat is easily and readily available (under the skin), there is minimal discomfort for the patient and lipofilling procedure can easily be repeated if necessary.

Lipofilling can be used for facial treatment (wrinkle treatment, adding volume in the cheek or chin, lip augmentation), for breast, buttock or calves enhancement (augmentation/lift) or scars correction.

What is the procedure?

Lipofilling is commonly performed in three consecutive stages:

1) fat harvesting from a suitable donor site. Small incisions, less than 1 cm, are made in either the abdomen or inner thigh from where the fat will be harvested. This is done using a low pressure liposuction technique. Small dressings are placed on these wounds and occasionally an absorbable suture is used to close them;

2) purification of the aspirated fat tissue (lipoaspirate) to eliminate the acellular oily supernatant and excess solution by gentle centrifugation;

3) reinjection of the purified fat through a three-dimensional re-implantation technique.

The lipofilling can be performed either under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia.

What kind of result can you expect?

After initial absorption of a percentage of the fat (between 20 and 50%) the correction can be considered permanent.

Recovery period and recommendations

The areas that have been treated will be rather swollen immediately after the surgery, especially the lips if they have been treated. It is therefore recommended to use a cold pack and a compress in the first few hours to minimize the swelling.

Swelling usually diminishes from the third day on, and social activities can be restarted after about one week.

Possible side effects and complications

Possible side effects include:

- donor area: bruising, swelling, tenderness, up to 24 hours drainage of anesthetic liquid;
- treated area: bruising, swelling (especially the lips if treated), tenderness.

Asymmetry, irregularities, overcorrection, infection sometimes may occur.

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