Facial Fat Fills

Losing fat is not always as good as it sounds—especially when it’s lost from critical areas of your face. Believe it or not, a little fat goes a long way in making your face appear full and youthful, but as it decreases with age, you can be left with wrinkles and gaunt contours.

Our cosmetic surgeons can reduce the signs of aging by transferring fat cells to the face from an area of the body where you don’t need (or want) the excess fat.

Am I a Candidate for Facial Fat Fills?

Both men and women benefit from the revitalizing results of the fat fill procedure. By re-injecting your fat cells, we can add natural-looking fullness throughout the face. These simple changes improve your self-confidence and restore your youthful glow.

Fat fills is also highly successful in correcting imperfections from acne and other forms of facial scarring. 

What are Facial Fat Fills?

Fat grafting is the process whereby fat is removed from a patient, fat cells purified before being transferred to another area of the body to restore volume. Fat cells contain relatively high portions of multipotential adult stem cells, capable of producing other cell lines i.e bone, muscle, nerve tissue under certain conditions. Despite the obvious advantage of adding volume, the fat transfer also has healing benefits when it comes to radiation type injury following, for example, the treatment of breast cancer, as well as a host of applications of the stem cell components in treating chronic degenerative diseases.

Your questions answered

All fat grafting is usually performed under sedation and local anesthetic.(pain-free) In plastic surgery fat grafting is predominantly used for volume enhancement, to restore volume changes occurring with normal ageing.

It is paramount that the fat cells which are living cells be treated with the utmost care.

Minute droplets of fat, once they’ve been harvested and purified are carefully positioned in layers, forming a lattice. These transferred cells then need to be revascularized by small capillaries to keep them alive , allowing them to continue growing in their new area , rather than simply adsorb and disappear.

Areas typically treated are:

  • Cheek areas
  • Lower eyelid
  • Upper eyelid
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Lips

Duration of the procedure may vary depending on the extent of the procedure, ranges from 0,5  -1  hour.

No overnight stay.

Slight to mild swelling and bruising can be expected. No pain, only slight to mild discomfort will be experienced.

Down time of 3- 5 days.

Note:  Do not take any aspirin containing medication 2 weeks prior to surgery, which could lead to bleeding/ severe bruising.

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Your IVF Fertility Journey

Scheduling a fertility consultation with one of our fertility expert gynecologists:

  • Dr Richard Joubert 013 7457605
  • Dr Pieter Steyn 013 7552106
  • Dr Wilhelm Combrink 013 7457988
  • Dr Jean Nel 013 7458054

*Your fertility journey timescale might differ from the one described here.

  • 1

    The fertility specialist will do all necessary tests and evaluations on you as a couple in order to make a fertility treatment diagnosis.

  • 2

    To start the treatment program you will call the fertility specialists rooms on the first day of your next menstruation.

  • 3

    You will see the fertility specialist on day 2 or day 3 of your cycle for a sonar examination to determine the state of the ovaries and uterus before you start taking the medication. The specialist will explain how the stimulation drugs are used henceforth on your own or with the help of your partner.

  • 4

    Your next appointment will be on day 8 or 9 of your cycle. The Doctor will again do a sonar to see how your ovaries have responded to the stimulation and he will start monitoring them in terms of count as well as diameter. You will also be sent for blood tests to correlate the hormonal value increase with the number of developing follicles on the ovaries.

  • 5

    Once the biggest follicle measures more than 20mm in diameter, the doctor will determine the day of aspirating the mature eggs and a trigger drug will be administered to mature the eggs.

  • 6

    In the meantime, you will be referred to Surgiclinic Fertility to open your file and hospital admission. Your eggs will be harvested 36 hours after taking the trigger drug. This is usually scheduled for 9pm at night so we can do the harvest around 8am 36 hours later. You need to be fasting from the previous night and report to Surgiclinic Private Hospital at 7am sharp to be ready for the aspiration procedure scheduled for 8am

  • 7

    The anesthetist will give you conscious sedation to not feel any pain or discomfort while the oocytes are harvested. This process is the same as when the doctor monitored your follicles in the rooms with the only difference that the aspiration needle is now attached to the sonar probe.

  • 8

    In the meantime, your partner needs to be available on the day of aspiration to give a very much needed sperm sample. He is usually expected to have 3 to 5 days of sexual abstinence to give a good sample by means of masturbation. There is a special private facility close to the IVF lab where he will find all that is needed to do his very important part in this procedure.

  • 9

    Once all the follicles are aspirated the doctor will put a small armband around your wrist with the exact number of eggs retrieved written on it. You will be served some tea and toast once you wake up.

  • 10

    You should be ready to go home at around 10am. Try to rest at home and do not plan any other activities as you might not feel up to it. There might be some lower abdominal discomfort as well as bleeding.

  • 11

    The embryologist will continue the preparation of both eggs and sperm sample to be able to do the fertilisation on the very same day the aspiration has taken place.

  • 12

    Each morning the embryologist will evaluate the development of the eggs starting with fertilisation to embryo development. You will receive a Whatsapp picture every day to explain what they look like at that time.

  • 13

    The fertility specialist will decide when the embryo transfer will be, either day 3 or day 5 of development.

  • 14

    You and your partner will be expected to report to Surgiclinic Fertility an hour prior to embryo transfer.

  • 15

    Your partner will sit next to you while the embryos are transferred by sonar guidance. The Doctor will give you a note to do a pregnancy test, usually 14 days after the oocyte harvest took place. This is a blood test and all values above 25 are considered positive and repeated within 48 hours to ensure an ongoing value.

  • 16

    When your test is positive, we will contact you for an appointment for the first scans at 7 weeks into your pregnancy. Celebrate and rest a lot.