If you want to plump up sunken cheekbones, fill in stubborn facial lines or create more supple lips, you may want to consider fat injections.

Fat injections are a popular medium to long-term solution to temporarily improve the appearance of hollow cheeks, thin lips, an ageing forehead, eyes, and scars. There is no need for concern about a foreign substance in your body since the fat used in the injection is taken directly from another area of your body.

Repeated treatments may be necessary — good candidates are prepared for multiple sessions in order to achieve their desired results. In order to be a candidate for fat injections, patients must have excess fat in another part of the body from which to harvest the fat injection.

The procedure can be performed in theatre under general anaesthetic or in the doctor’s procedure room under sedation.

Fat cells are then removed from the donor area with a cannula (a thin hollow tube) that is connected to a vacuum device (liposuction technique). After the fat cells are suctioned, they are processed and purified. The fat is then injected beneath the skin into the target area. A bandage may be applied at this time.

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  • Duration of operation: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic or conscious sedation
  • Hospital stay: 1 night for general anaesthetic or out-patient procedure for conscious sedation


  • Driving: 3-5 days
  • Back to work: 1 week (depending on bruising)
  • Exercise: 4 weeks

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