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Face lipofilling


Lipofilling is a natural and safe procedure, which does not imply allergy risks; it is useful to give a better definition to some areas of the body, like the face for example.
Through this procedure, it is possible to harvest fat tissue from parts of the body such as the thighs or the abdomen (tummy) or from any other site where it is available and, then, graft it to any other part of the body.

local + sedation or general
1 to 2 hours
day surgery
1 week

The procedure

The grafted fat tissue is permanent on the face and, since autologous fat is used, no allergic reactions or rejection can occur.

Lipofilling can also correct post-traumatic and post-surgical defects.

Benefits of this technique:

  • the fat tissue grafted is permanent, thus lasting a lifetime
  • no allergic reaction can occur
  • the result is extremely natural
  • it improves the look of face skin

Lipofilling is performed in a surgery room under local or regional anesthesia.

For this kind of lipofilling procedure, the surgeon uses a small needle attached to a syringe, harvesting the fat tissue from the donor site, preferably from the parts of the body where fat tissue is firmer: abdomen, hips or thighs. Once harvested, the adipose tissue is processed to remove fluid excess and charged into 1cc syringes and then, using very thin needles, it is injected on the face areas where the enhancement is requested: zygomatic area, lips, nasolabial folds, eyelid area. This process can be repeated as many times as needed, until the desired correction is achieved.

On the face there will be no scar since the needles used leave no marks. In the donor sites, there will be a small scar of about 3 mm (the needle size).

The procedure is performed usually as day-hospital surgery. This procedure is very safe, since it is minimally invasive.

Preoperative Preparation

The preoperative preparation implies blood tests and an ECG.
Two weeks prior to surgery, as well as two weeks after, aspirin should be avoided. Aspirin can reduce blood coagulation and can cause complications.
It is recommended to female patients taking oral contraceptives to stop taking them one month before surgery.
Nutritional supplements are prescribed in order to avoid edema and bruise.

After the procedure

Already from the first week after surgery, lymphatic drainage massages are recommended, to facilitate the absorption of edema (swelling) and ecchymosis (bruises). The surgeon, together with the physiotherapist performing the therapy, will decide the number of sessions.