A fat fill is a procedure that involves surgically harvesting fat from certain areas of the body and injecting them into areas that lack volume for aesthetically pleasing outcomes.

Indications for a fat fill.

You may be an ideal candidate for fat fill if you have any of the below:

  • Volumetric deformities – congenital / traumatic
  • Desire to improve body contours
  • Desire more volume in specific regions
  • Desire to revise scars
  • Areas that appear creased and sunken

The most vital criterion to undergo a fat fill is that you should have excess / sufficient fat in a suitable location on your body for it to be harvested.

Applications of fat fill.

  • Tear Trough deformities
  • Sunken cheeks / forehead
  • Congenital / Trauma induced deformities
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Buttock Augmentation
  • Hand rejuvenation
  • Augmentation of Calf and Feet
  • Acne scar (following subcision)
  • Anti Ageing
  • Scar Revision

What to expect during the procedure?

Dr Prince plastic / cosmetic surgeon performs fat fill under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes depending upon the amount of fat that needs to be harvested and the area into which it is to be grafted.

Liposuction. A small 4 mm incision is made in the donor region. The fat is harvested using blunt canulas and a special aspirator. Incisions are closed with a fine suture and plastered.

Filtration. This step facilitates the separation of blood and other solutions used in the process from the fat cells.

Injection. This involves injecting the purified fat into the area of interest using fine syringes or canulas.

You are free to go home on the same day as the surgery.

Time Required 1-3 Hours
Anesthesia Mostly Local Anesthesia or General anesthesia if large area or patient preference
Pain Level Mild well managed with medications
Result Major result visible immediately, Final result 6 to 8 months
Diet No restriction
Hospital Stay Day Care surgery
Flyback 2-3 Days
Satisfaction Rate More than 95%
Complication Rate Less than 1 to 2%
Cost(Laser/Vaser Liposuction) 25000 to 80000 INR per area

What to expect after the procedure?

Fat fill is usually associated with some bruising, swelling and mild pain or discomfort in the region of harvest. Though none of the issues interfere with any of your daily activities, the swelling and bruising will take anywhere between 7 to 15 days to go away completely. Sutures are removed at the end of 7 days.

In areas where fat is injected, you will experience tenderness and mild pain, which will settle gradually.

What is the downside of the procedure?

If you tend to gain a considerable amount following the fat graft, it may distinctly show in the area that was treated.