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Lipofilling (filling with fat) and lipografting (transplantation of fat) is a correction of facial oval and body with the help of transplantation of own fatty tissue of a patient from one area to another with the help of injections.
Reconstruction of the mandible by fat and neck liposuction, after 2 hours
A method of correction of body emerged in 19th century. It was based on application of a simple syringe and own subcutaneous fat of the patient. However, achievement of perfection of this procedure took medical doctors a lot of time – as long as a century. Nowadays, lipofilling is a widely used and painless procedure. It does not require any special preparations. Those who decide to do such manipulations will not have to pass any complicated tests or undergo a lengthy interview in a clinic. The entire procedure, as a rule, takes not more than one hour.
What the method of lipofilling is about
The point of manipulation is that certain quantity of fatty layer is taken away from the patient from various areas with sufficient quantity of subcutaneous fat by special syringe. The needle of such syringe (cannula) has a round shape therefore no damage of nerves and large blood vessels takes place. On the next stage, the substance received undergoes processing. It is cleaned from blood fraction and anesthetic drugs that provide for anesthesia. The longest part of the procedure is gradual injection of fatty tissue received by fine layer into the areas of face or body that require correction (subcutaneous, inter-muscular spaces). Then sutures are applied on skin incisions made. After that, lipofilling can be considered completed.
In what cases is lipofilling done?
Over age, atrophic changes take place in soft tissues. This is a reason of wrinkles and folds; the face has a tired and exhausted look. In such cases, injections of the own fatty tissue give a wonderful opportunity to restore lost volumes and do more. Fatty (adipose) tissue is a rich source of stem cells which exceeds other tissues of an organism by their quantity. Therefore, as a result of lipofilling, in addition to correction of missing volumes, one can also observe an obvious improvement of quality of tissues: texture and color of skin become more even, scars are reduced. There is another advantage of this method: improvement both of the area of injection of fat as well as an area where it was taken from.
Lipofilling helps removing a huge number of cosmetic and esthetic deficiencies:
- Removal of nasolabial folds
- Removal of lacrimal grooves
- Correction of shape of chin and cheekbone areas
- Modeling of contour and size of lips
- Correction of facial oval
- Esthetic correction of age-related changes of hands and face
- Correction of retracted scars
- Leveling of corrugations after liposuction
- Augmentation of breast and buttocks
- Improvement of contours of shanks and hips, correction of curvature of legs.
Restoration after lipofilling and its results
Post-surgical edemas and bruises can be observed after the procedure of lipofilling. They heal within two weeks. Their severity depends on the volume and area of manipulations. To hide traces on the face one can use masking cosmetics and sun glasses, for example.
In a week after the procedure of lipofilling when edema is fully healed one can observe a noticeable effect. Full restoration of transplanted tissues takes place in 2 months. , Injected fatty layer is penetrated by capillaries and begins to receive necessary feeding.
Does fatty tissue dissipate over time in lipofilling?
It does but not fully, by about 50% actually. Therefore, when lipofilling is done, doctor injects excessive fat on purpose, above of what is needed having in mind that fat will reduce by certain volume. On average, fat is grafted within 6 months however this period substantially depends on volumes of injected fatty tissue. If a lot of fat is injected at the same time for example, into buttocks, it may take over 6 months to graft. If it is a small correction on face, all injected fat will be “in the right place” within 1.5 – 2 months.
Can one combine lipofilling with other surgical operations?
One can and shall do that. Lipofilling is both an independent and rather effective method of esthetic correction and an integral element of a comprehensive approach. For example, when referring to a plastic surgeon for liposuction, one should carefully look at oneself into the mirror to understand how to apply “redundant” fatty tissue in the most efficient way.
Alien fat is not used in lipofilling due to a huge risk of rejection and possible complications. Only own rightly prepared fat of a patient is transplanted.
Lipofilling Cost (Kyiv, Ukraine)
|Lipofilling 1 zone||500 euro|
|Lipofilling of the face (cheeks, cheekbones, infraorbital area, temples etc)||1 500 euro|
|Breast Lipofilling||3 000 euro|
|Buttock Lipofilling||3 000 euro|
|Chin Lipofilling||750 euro|