What are fat injections?

Fat injection is a popular facial procedure amongst men to contour the face and restore its youthful appearance. As you age, the fat in your face naturally depletes. This loss of volume causes the face to look droopy and wrinkles to look more apparent. Fat grafting aims to replenish this loss of fat by harvesting unwanted fat from one area of your body and transferring it to the site that needs fat restoration. By transferring fat from your own body, you can smooth out wrinkles, eliminate bags, fill deep nasolabial creases, plump your cheeks, and much more.

Fat transfer is comparable to silicone filler injections. Both procedures aim to enhance facial appearance by restoring the loss of facial volume. Compared to fillers, fat transfer is a more expensive and invasive procedure. However, a fat transfer does provide a more permanent and natural result than fillers. On average, you can expect about 60% of the fat to stay after the procedure. As such, you may need an additional procedure to get your desired result.

How do doctors administer fat injections?

The first step to getting fat injections is determining the ideal donor area. This area is the place where your doctor will harvest fat to transfer to the recipient site. Once you and your doctor determine the best donor area, the next step is fat harvesting. Fat harvesting is the process of removing the fat from a donor site. To do this, your doctor will create a small cut on the skin and use a thin tube to suck out the fat. This process is similar to liposuction. Once the fat is harvested, it’s prepared for transfer using a machine. The machine filters any blood and other fluids from it. Your doctor will then inject the fat into the recipient site in small amounts.

Where Can I get Fat Injections?

You can administer fat injections to almost any part of your face and body. Men typically get them in the following areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Jawline
  • Lower eyelids
  • Lips

While facial restoration is the most popular reason men get a Fat transfer, you can get this procedure to enhance other parts of your body. You can use fat injections to improve:

  • Flat chest muscles
  • Weak abdomen
  • Weak calves
  • Aging hands
  • Flat buttocks

Male patients can restore aging hands by bringing back volume.

Benefits of Fat Injections for Men

There are many benefits to getting fat injections. Fat transfer restores the face’s youthful appearance by:

  • Removing nasolabial folds and smoothen out wrinkles
  • Minimizing the appearance of eye bags
  • Bringing back volume to thinning lips
  • Providing a more defined jawline
  • Restoring aging hands
  • Providing a more defined buttock, abs, and chest

An extra benefit of fat transfer is that it allows you to remove unwanted fat from areas of your body. You can remove excess fat in your stomach and transfer it to your face.

Another great benefit of this procedure is its ability to provide long-lasting results. Unlike fillers, fat transfer is permanent. While not all fat that’s transferred in the recipient site survives, the fat that stays (around 60%) lasts forever.

How Long Does it Take?

Fat transfers generally take around one or two hours. The fat transfer generally only requires local anesthesia, but more significant procedures may require general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure. Once the transfer is done, you can go and relax in your home.

Side effects of fat injections

After getting the procedure, you can expect to experience:

  • Bruising and swelling to recipient and donor site
  • Tiny scars to donor and recipient areas. These scars should be temporary and will diminish over time
  • Temporary numbness to the recipient area

Although rare, patients may experience severe side effects, including:

  • Fat necrosis
  • Pneumothorax
  • Hypertrophic scars
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clot
  • Progressive pain
  • Infection (severe swelling and redness)
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia

If you experience any of these severe side effects, contact your surgeon immediately to get treatment.

Fat Injections Recovery

Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure. You should be able to go home the same day. Any bruising and swelling in the recipient should disappear within two weeks after the procedure. Do not touch or massage both the recipient and donor area post-surgery. We recommend avoiding excessive movements in the treated area for a few days to a week for a speedy recovery. Healing may take longer, depending on the size of the surgery. It will also vary per individual.

On average, patients will need to take three to five days off work after the procedure to heal.