Plastic surgery related fat injections, also referred to as fat grating is becoming quite a popular plastic surgery procedure in Australia with many surgeons now using fat grating techniques as both a stand-alone technique and/or as part of their approach to facelift surgery.
The procedure involves transferring small amounts of a patients’ own body fat into other areas of the body – often the face which is what we are focusing on here. As we age, we lose volume in our skin. Fat injections aim to replace some of this volume.
Fat injections can be used in many different areas of the face however most popular areas include the cheeks (resulting in a more rounded, fuller appearance of the cheeks) and also to fill out nasolabial folds (the vertical lines that appear from your nose down to your mouth). Lower eyelids and corners of the mouth are also commonly treated with fat injections. When used in isolation, fat grafting does not stop the process of ageing but it can often help in postponing more invasive procedures such as a facelift or brow lift.
So, how do you determine if you are a good candidate for fat injections? It is always best to consult with a Plastic Surgeon to determine what, if any, procedure is best suited to you and the results you desire. Having said that fat injections may work for you if you:
- Desire volume enhancements
- Are physically and psychologically in good health
- Have a mild to medium degree of facial ageing
- Are realistic about what can be achieved with fat injections
Results from fat injections can be long-lasting, however do vary from patient to patient. Fat injections are not permanent and will more often than not, have to be repeated. The time in between treatments does vary from patient to patient. We generally say that you should expect to lose around 50% of the initial fullness within the first 6 months.
If you would like to find out more about fat injections or book a consultation with Mr Mutimer feel free to call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit an enquiry through our website.