Fat Injection or Microfat Injection
Body fat makes
excellent soft tissue filler material. Fat injection transfers fat from one part
of the body to another to recontour the face; diminish frown lines, crow's feet
and nasolabial folds (smile lines); and provide definition to areas like the
cheeks and chin. It can also be used to fill out depressed scarred areas on any
part of the body. Fat injection is not permanent, and may require an effective
What are the
that generally takes under an hour
Injections may last
from several months to permanently
Little or no downtime
which can be controlled with medication
Because fat is from
the patient's own body, no pre-testing is required and the fat cannot be
Cost effective if
combined with another procedure, such as liposuction
Who is a candidate?
Patients with underprojected cheeks, chins, lips, jawlines or aged, thinned and
hollowed looking facial or hand skin can be a candidate for microfat
Who may not be a candidate?
The following may not be a candidate:
Uncontrolled heart or lung disease
Organ abnormalities such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, angina or asthma should be stabilized
Recent traumatic stresses
Autoimmune diseases such as lupus or
How is the procedure done?
Fat is taken from an area (or area's) of the body where it may be unwanted and
transplanted to area's of the face or body where it is needed. Using special
harvest and transplant needles, microfat injections can now be done with very
reliable survival and longterm natural enhancements. Ultrasonic or power
assisted liposuction can
also be performed at the harvest site following the transplantation. Most microfat transplantations can be performed in 1 1/2 to 3 hours.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Microfat injections are performed comfortably under IV sedation and local
What is the recovery period?
Microfat transplantation has excellent results but produces significant swelling
that may take 10 days to 7 weeks to subside. Bruising usually fades quickly and
can be camouflaged by 7 days. Most people can return to work in 2 weeks.
What are the results?
The results of microfat transplantation can be a natural, permanent improvement
in the shape of the cheek bone, eyebrows, lips or hands. The harvest site can
also be thinned using ultrasonic liposuction.
How much does it cost?
Cost varies depending on site to be augmented and the patients goals.
Fat injections usually begin around $500. Liposuction prices average
around $3,000 per body part for the donor site.
"Dr. Speron made me look so
natural...no one knew what I did." - E.J., Chicago, IL
"After the swelling subsided, I loved
my new look and so did my husband!" - J.F., Deerfield, IL