Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Autologous Fat Injections:
How do Wrinkles on the Face Develop?
Wrinkle formation is a completely natural process in the human body, sooner or later every person is affected by it. The dermis undergoes the most serious change as iIt contains collagen peptides and elastin, which give the skin elasticity, resilience and youthful radiance.
With every passing year of life, the production of these important substances in the dermis slows down. In the subcutaneous tissue, the water and fat content is also reduced and the skin loses volume. Daily facial expressions and the force of gravity also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
What Accelerates Skin Aging?
There are people whose skin seems to remain almost wrinkle-free into old age, while there are others who have a face that looks like a cliff face with deep furrows. All this is determined by genes, whether or not the skin is primarily thick or thin, though personal lifestyle and nutrition can also accelerate the ageing process.
Personal factors such as a diet low in vital substances and/or one-sided nutrition, permanent stress as well as things like frequent lack of sleep and too little exercise have a negative effect on the human skin. They result in a lack of oxygen supply to the skin, which accelerates the natural ageing of the skin. If regular alcohol consumption and/or smoking is added to this, it acts like a turbo for wrinkle formation.
What Stops Skin Ageing?
Nothing! However this does not mean that it’s not possible to slow down the process and to reduce or eliminate the visible signs by an appropriate lifestyle and treatment, for example with the body’s own fat.
What are the Requirements for an Autologous Fat Injection?
In principle, everyone is suitable for an autologous fat treatment. However, an important prerequisite is a good state of health as well as an appropriate amount of body fat.
There are some things that prevent or hinder the treatment from taking place:
- The taking of strongly blood-thinning medication: If it is possible, the possibility of discontinuing these medications before surgery should be considered.
- Smoking: To prevent circulatory problems and problems with wound healing, smokers should stop smoking two weeks before the operation. Patients who are unable or unwilling to do so are not suitable for such wrinkle treatment.
- Extremely thin patients: In this case it is very difficult or impossible to find a suitable site for liposuction.
- Old age: In patients at an advanced age, the natural aging process is already well advanced, iIn this case results can be achieved with other methods.
How Long does the Wrinkle Correction Last After an own Fat Treatment (Lipofilling)?
In addition to reducing wrinkles, one of the aims is to ensure that as many of the injected fat cells as possible grow completely into the new environment. Once this is done, they remain there permanently, this results in a lifelong effect, however, this does not stop the natural ageing of the skin.
How long does it take for the fat cells to grow after an injection?
The exact time until the fat cells have grown in the new environment varies from patient to patient. In general, the cells need about six weeks for their complete integration.
Which Wrinkles are Suitable for Volume Enhancement?
The following areas are suitable for lipofilling:
- Nasolabial folds: Wrinkles on the left and right side of the nose. Just like sunken cheeks, they are caused by a loss of volume / slipping of the tissue.
- Frown lines: They form on the lower part of the forehead between the eyebrows. These wrinkles can be additionally replenished after a successful Botulinum blockade by the body’s own fat injections.
- Cheeks: A filling out of the hollow cheeks.
Which Preliminary Examinations are Necessary for Lipofilling?
Before we carry out a treatment in our clinic in Berlin, we first have a detailed consultation where we will explain to you the different possibilities of wrinkle treatment and then inspect the area in need of treatment.
Once the decision for a specific procedure has been made, you will receive all the information you need including possible risks and limitations of the procedure.
In order to get a picture of the distribution of fat deposits, an inaugural examination is necessary, as the elasticity of the skin, muscle tone and connective tissue play an important role, an assessment is also made here. The following factors are also relevant:
- Eating habits
- Physical activity
- Body weight change
- All medications that are currently being taken
Where is the Patient’s Fat Taken for Injection?
Suitable collection points are the abdomen, thighs or waist, the surgeon makes small punctures and extracts the required amount of fat from the tissue with the help of special blunt cannulas. We also make sure that no visible traces such as dents or the like remain at the removal point.
What is the Healing Process like with an Autologous Fat Transplantation?
The body’s own cells are used for wrinkle treatment, this means the implanted cells can grow back into the new body environment to a large extent. Up to 75% of the injected fat cells are permanently preserved.
Will there be Pain when Having an Autologous Fat Injection?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure but the patient will feel little to no pain due to the gentle nature of the procedure.
Swelling will occur after the treatment, in addition to muscle soreness at the removal sites. If necessary, they can be treated with simple medication, cooling pads can also help to reduce the swelling.
What Aesthetic Effects do Drooping Eyelids have?
Drooping eyelids can make a face look tired and old.
If you make contact with a person, the first place you tend to look are the eyes. They are the primary and important means of communication and make a first and important impression.
Eyes can appear awake, attentive, present, radiant and youthful or tired, worn out, old and sad. This is why they are so important for our appearance to the outside world and our self-perception.
How many Treatments are Necessary for a Volume Treatment with an Autologous Fat Treatment?
The exact number of treatments depends on your wishes and how extensive the modelling is, it also depends on how many fat cells can be permanently integrated into the new environment.
About a quarter of the injected quantity does not grow. In order to achieve the desired result, a larger amount of fat is therefore usually transferred. If this is still not sufficient, another operation is possible/necessary.
How Long can it Take Until I am Back to Normal Again after a Wrinkle Injection with my own fat?
As soon as 24 hours after the procedure you can shower again as usual and as a rule, patients are presentable again after about a week.
Physically strenuous activities, such as sports, are possible after about four weeks. Avoid visits to the sauna and/or solarium and strong sunlight in the weeks following the procedure.
When can I Start using Make-up Again?
If these fillers were used to treat facial wrinkles, you should refrain from using decorative cosmetics for about a week.
How Long does the Results of this Wrinkle Therapy Last?
With this method, the body’s own fat cells are implanted into a new location, they should grow together with the existing tissue in the new environment. In contrast to dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid or other substances, permanent results can be achieved with an autologous fat method.
Of course, the filling of wrinkles does not stop the natural skin aging process. Its visible consequences are merely eliminated or reduced.
What Side Effects can Occur with your own Fat Treatments?
Temporary swelling and redness are among the usual side effects of the procedure, these can occur at the injection site as well as at the fat removal site. In rare cases it can lead to sensory disturbances, cysts, lipogranulomas (form of a benign tumour after injection/implantation), contour irregularities, wound infections in the filling or removal area and in very rare cases scarring.
What is the Cost of Volume Increase Through Lipofilling with Autologous Fat?
The exact costs of volume build-up depends on various factors, as a rule, they amount to 1,500 € to 3,000 €. Depending on the extent of the liposuction, the areas from which the body fat is removed and the extent to which the prepared fatty tissue is implanted, the costs can vary individually.
In our clinic in Berlin, we will be happy to give you the exact price for your individual wrinkle treatment after a detailed consultation and examination.