Fat Injections Specialist

Alessi Institute

David Alessi, MD, FACS

Facial Plastic Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA

At Alessi Institute, Dr. Alessi is a skilled provider of fat injections to help women and men in and around Beverly Hills, California, reduce the appearance of deep lines and scars or increase the plumpness of their lips, using their own fat cells to achieve great results with significantly decreased risk of complications.

Fat Injections Q & A

What are fat injections used for?

Fat injections are used 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.

What is involved in the fat injection or fat transfer procedure?

First, Dr. Alessi will determine the best site to extract the fat 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 45 minutes to an hour to be performed.

What is the recovery process like after fat injections?

Most people experience minor discomfort and 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.

Am I a good candidate for fat injections?

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 with no blood disorders or immune system problems, good general health, and realistic expectations about the results they can achieve through the procedure. Dr. Alessi will discuss other potential considerations during your evaluation and consultation appointment.