Fat transfer is a procedure in which excess fat is taken from an area of the body like the abdomen, buttocks or thighs and then injected into another area of the body to add volume. Fat is often used as a facial filler for improving creased or sunken areas of the face, filling in wrinkles, lines or skin depressions, and plumping the lips or cheeks. Fat injection is an excellent way to treat aging concerns for a smoother, more youthful facial appearance.
Following fat transfer, patients may experience some discomfort though this is typically minor. Some swelling, redness and bruising may also result. Most of the redness and bruising will subside within a few days, though the swelling may last several weeks. If the area has been overfilled to allow for fat reabsorption, the treated area may appear puffy at first. Work and other normal activities can typically be resumed within a few days.
There are potential complications with all surgery. Fat transfer is a very safe procedure but there is a small risk of infection. Allergic reaction is not a factor as with other types of fillers.