At A Glance

Background

Lipo-reinjection is when fat from your own body is used as a facial filler. This can be performed to add volume to areas of the face that have become gaunt or sunken with age.

Evaluation

This evaluation involves the assessment of your facial anatomy and potential sites for fat donation. Dr. Reilly will work with you to create a plan that aligns your goals with potential surgical treatments based on your anatomy.

Pre-op Considerations

Generally, this type of procedure is done to correct volume loss in the cheeks and area around the eyes.

Surgery

The technique involves first suctioning fat from the pre-identified “donor” site using liposuction equipment, and then injecting it into the desired area.

Post-op Care

Most patients take a few days off work, followed by another week of reduced activity. There will be bruising and swelling for 7-10 days. After 2 weeks, you may resume full activity.

Detailed Information

Background

Lipo-reinjection, or fat grafting, is a technique in which your body’s own tissues can be used as a filler. The fat cells are gently harvested and then purified. The harvest can be taken from your abdomen or thighs, then injected into areas with a deficit to achieve your desired outcome. Since only tiny amounts of fat are being harvested, you should not equate this with liposuction. Areas that may benefit from lipo-reinjection are areas around your eyes, jawline, and cheeks. Fat grafting does not involve the incisions that are generally associated with facial plastic surgeries, which makes this procedure desirable for patients who wish to rejuvenate their appearance in a non-invasive manner. Dr. Reilly will discuss the best method that will yield the results you are looking for.

Pre-operative Considerations

In the vast majority of patients, the desired aesthetic result is readily achieved. However, the possible complications of lipo-reinjection include but are not limited to the following:
Infection, bleeding, swelling, scarring, numbness, skin discoloration or dimpling, asymmetry, displeasure with the cosmetic outcome, and allergic or other negative reactions to one or more of the medications or substances used in the operation.

Surgical technique:

The technique involves first suctioning fat from the pre-identified “donor” site using liposuction equipment, purifying it, and then injecting it into the desired area in small amounts to simulate natural facial contours.

Post Operative Care

You may be up and around and able to go to the bathroom. You will be able to eat a light meal with assistance.
Take medication only as directed.
Some swelling, bruising and tightness of the tissues are normal occurrences. Swelling and discoloration are greatest on the 2nd or 3rd day.
Place ice packs on the surgical areas for the first 48 hours (on for 20 minutes, then off for 20 minutes).
If the fat was removed from your abdomen, you will likely be given an abdominal binder to wear. This should be worn as much as possible during the first week after surgery to minimize bruising and swelling.
Sutures are generally dissolvable.
Apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions/needle sites twice daily for 7 days.

You will come into the office for a post-operative check-up.
No alcohol for the first 7 days after surgery, which can increase bruising and swelling.

Your swelling and bruising will gradually fade over this time period.
You will come in for another post-operative check-up on day 14.

Rest and good nutrition are important healing factors, especially during the first 6 weeks.
Tearing, itching, burning, tightness, and puffiness are normal during the healing process. Complete healing takes 6-12 months.

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