Stephen Weiland, M.D Cosmetic Surgery

Fat Injections – Fat Transfers in Las Vegas Nevada

Fat injections are a viable option for those who want a more youthful and supple appearance. They are usually used to plump up hollow cheekbones, smooth out fine lines, fill in wrinkles and to enhance thinning lips.

How Does it Work?

Fat injections are a popular option as the procedure is quick and relatively painless. The technique actually involves two locations: the area where fat will be removed from the patient and the area where it will then be injected. Because the inserted fat is part of the patient’s own body, there are no complications from allergies or incompatible tissues.

A local anesthetic is used on both locations. Then, either a needle or small tube is used to extract the fat. The most common extraction locations are the hips, thighs and buttocks.

The fat is quickly processed to remove impurities and non-essential fragments and is then injected into the desired area. Fat is a living tissue and needs a blood supply. As it can take a couple of days for the blood capillaries to connect, extra fat is often injected to cover the expected loss due to lack of blood supply.

The entire procedure usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes. Patients are encouraged to take it easy but can resume normal activities almost immediately.

Who is a Good Candidate for Fat Injections?

A little fat in the right place is crucial for a youthful appearance. Typically as it ages, the face loses not only elasticity but also the fat beneath the surface. This fat is responsible for the smooth, full and healthy appearance of the face. Injections are usually used to plump up areas that have lost the fat beneath them. Hollow cheekbones, crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles all benefit from this treatment. In addition, thinning lips and breasts can also be enhanced with targeted injections.

Fat injections are an excellent alternative to the more invasive and painful facelift. However, they do not last as long as a facelift, nor are the results as large-scale.

What to Expect in Recovery

As this procedure is not terrible invasive, the recovery times are relatively short. Swelling and bruising at both the withdrawal and injection sites is common. This often subsides within three to five days.

Some fat is naturally absorbed back into the body before it takes hold in its new location. Because of this expected loss, some areas, particularly the cheeks and lips, are over-filled to allow for the natural decrease that take place. This may cause them to be swollen for up to two weeks, although every situation is different.

It is important to acknowledge that fat injections are a temporary solution. Their effects will fade with time. Patients can usually expect their results to last six months to a couple of years.

While not a permanent solution, fat injections are an excellent option for combating the signs of aging. The procedure is quick and relatively painless with a swift recovery time, making this a popular choice for many patients.