Fat transfer

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Fat transfer in Athens by Dr Karalexis

Fat transfer is a pain free procedure. We use local anesthesia so patients have a pain free experience and it  is performed with safety in our clinic on an outpatient basis. First we anesthetize an area with excess of fat like abdomen or thighs. Then we harvest the fat using small needle attached to a syringe. After that we select the recipient sites like nasolabial folds, cheeks, temples and we inject the fat . Sometimes we centrifuge the fat in order to separate the fat cells.

Smoothing out the wrinkles

Aging causes collagen and elastic fibers to break down and to the gradual wearing out. Although this is part of the natural aging process, it can also come about from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling. Injectable fillers and fat cells taken from your own body are the two most frequently used methods for filling facial wrinkles and frown lines.


The injectable fillers like Hyaluronic acid can smooth our wrinkles but the results last from 9-12 months and we need to much product to correct a face with many wrinkles.

Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection, plumps up facial features with a patient’s own fat and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to recontour your face and can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformities. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it’s from your own body.

With fat transfer it is possible to have fat liposuctioned from your thighs and then transferred to any area of your body. Reinjected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks because this area does not move as often. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic aging of the hands and post-surgical and post-traumatic defects. But not every area of the body responds well to fat transfer. The breasts for instance, are out. Injecting fat into the breast makes it much more difficult to detect breast cancer with mammograms.

How is the procedure done?

Fat transfer is performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where your fat is most tightly packed, such as your abdomen or your buttocks.

Once removed, your fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then reinjected using another needle, which is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.

Harvesting the fat cells for reinjection is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction, tummy tuck or cosmetic breast surgery. When fat is harvested during another procedure, it is often possible for your surgeon to harvest a larger amount of fat, then freeze and store your fat for future injections when they become necessary.

What are the benefits of Fat Transfer?

Fat transferred to the face can last as long as three years.
Fat transfer can be very cost effective when combined with another procedure.
There’s no chance of an allergic reaction.

What can I expect after my fat transfer?

Patients are up and around immediately following fat injections. Any discomfort following the procedure can be controlled with medication. Some swelling at the treatment site may last up to 36 hours. There may be some bruising, which can be covered with make-up. Your initial injection should last up to six months. For results that will last years, patients usually receive three or four treatments over a six month period.

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