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Fat injections are used in the same way as other types of fillers, to fill in lines, depressions and scars and to plump up areas like lips for a fuller appearance. The advantage of fat injections is that because the fat is taken from your body, the body won't reject it as it can with fillers based on “foreign” materials – those that come from outside your body.
First, Dr. Alessi will determine the best site to use to extract the fat that will be injected under your skin to fill in your lines and wrinkles or provide fullness. The outer thigh or hip area is one of the most common donor sites since most people's thighs have fat tissue that can be spared without a noticeable change in appearance. Once the fat is removed under local anesthesia, it's placed in a special device that separates the fat from other materials before being injected into the treatment area. Procedures usually take from 45 minutes to an hour or so to be performed.
Most people experience some minor discomfort as well as temporary slight bruising, swelling, and redness in both the donor and injection sites. These effects usually resolve within a few days to a week or so. While most people can resume many of their regular activities right away, including work, it's important to protect the donor and injection sites from UV exposure while the areas heal.
Since they use your own tissue, fat injections have a lower risk of complications compared to procedures that use other materials. Good candidates for fat injection are typically those who have no blood disorders or immune system problems, who are in good general health, and who have realistic expectations about the results they can achieve through the procedure. Dr. Alessi will discuss any other potential considerations during your evaluation and consultation appointment.
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