The two most common uses for fat injections are
- Building up areas of trauma where people have lost fat
- Building up fat in the face that has been lost due to aging
Round, plump faces are seen as more youthful than sunken in and skeletal faces. That’s why fat injections are so popular.
Dr. Popp said one reason fat cells work so well is they have stem cells in them. They are left mixed in with the fat. He has been doing fat transference and fat grafting since 1986 and said it works.
He primarily does fat injections in client’s faces as a means of fighting the sunken-in look. No matter what soft tissue deformity you may have, whether you were kicked by a horse, or in a car accident, you can have fat injected into the fat spaces that exist between skin and the muscle below. Fat injections volumize or build up these areas.
“Any time you can use a patient’s own tissue, that’s the best. If you used someone else’s, you might have rejection issues because the DNA wouldn’t match. Or the patient’s body might attack it as being foreign,” Dr. Popp explained. Using a patient’s own tissue diminishes the likelihood of problems.
Dr. Popp said he extracts the most fat from the abdomen, hips and thighs. Any fat that is taken from a patient can be kept frozen. Most fat is viable for up to 12 months.
He said all fat harvesting and injections are done through 1/8 inch or ¼ inch incisions. There is not any big cutting in these procedures. Patients may expect some bruising afterward for about two to three weeks and swelling that may last a bit longer than that.
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