Fat injections transfer fat from one area of the body to another, to address the signs of aging or give the body more shape and proportion. Fat transfer can smooth, soften and fill out lines and wrinkles, creating a more youthful appearance. The procedure is theoretically less risky than using dermal fillers, as the substance used is your own natural body fat. Although the results can last many years, they may not be permanent as the fat can be reabsorbed back into the body.
Fat injections are normally carried out under general anaesthetic, and the procedure takes an hour or two hour, depending on the size of the area to be treated. The surgeon begins by making small incisions where fat is to be taken from, before inserting a metal tube to remove the fat. The fat is then injected into the new area using a needle. With facial fat injections, much smaller needles are used.
After the treatment, you will be able to return home the same day. You may experience swelling and bruising for up to two weeks, but you can normally return to work within a week.
Risks and side effects
As well as the risk of having a general anaesthetic, possible fat injection complications include infection, problems with wound healing, fluid build up, and bleeding under the skin. In some cases, patients are left with scarring from the incision or skin lumpiness and discolouration. Fat injections are not an exact science so you may need further treatment in order to achieve the desired result.
Cost and prices
The price of fat injections in a UK private clinic ranges from £1500 to over £3000, depending on the level of work required. If you choose to have fat injections abroad, you can save up to 30%. For example, in France or Belgium, the procedure costs as little as £1200.
NHS, private or abroad
Fat injections are unlikely to be offered on NHS unless the patient has suffered a serious injury or illness. However, fat injections are available in most private cosmetic surgery clinics in both the UK and abroad.
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