Scientific research has proved that,
as a person grows older, fat tends to collect in the center
of the body (hips and buttocks in women, abdominal area for
men). Plastic surgeons,
however, have found a way to bypass this issue and have created
the “autologous fat transplantation” technique
(a.k.a: fat injection). This process basically consists in
surgeons removing fat from a donor area of the client’s
own body (through a process called liposuction)
and re-injecting the fat in the area which has been selected
fat can be used as a soft tissue filler and our certified
group of doctors at BetterLooks can transfer the fat from
one part of the body to another, enhancing the outlines of
your face. Due to its consistency, body fat is perfect for
this type of procedure and it will help enhance your lips,
diminish the smile lines
of your face, crow’s feet and frown
lines and it can also help define your chin and cheeks,
improving your appearance overall. Wrinkles can also be reduced
using fat injections, as well as scarring caused by acne.
the same time, it can augment depressed areas in any part
of your body, but you must keep in mind that it might not
be a permanent procedure and it might require for you to keep
a maintenance program.
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people grow older, the dermis under the skin starts to thin
out. The effect of this process can give a skin a “sagging”
appearance and can make the face look too thin. This can happen
to people of all body types: large, medium or small frame.
Fat injections insert fat under the skin, in the areas were
the dermis has begun to lessen and it literally fills out
the face, giving you a more youthful appearance.
If you have scarring, wrinkling
or sagging or are missing some of the plumpness and high contours
of your face, fat injections are perfect for you. Whenever
it comes to plastic surgery,
you need to keep in mind that no procedure will ever provide
an ‘ideal’ aspect to your face. The aim of cosmetic
treatment is to achieve an improvement, to enhance your
facial appearance. This can help you boost your self-confidence
and make you feel better about yourself, while keeping realistic
You must also remember that injected
fat may not last as long as other materials do. The body slowly
absorbs the fat, even though the rate of absorption varies
from person to person and is hard to predict. Generally speaking,
more than half the injected fat is absorbed six months after
the surgery, however, most patients will retain it permanently.
If a considerable amount of fat is taken in by the body, a
second procedure may be necessary to improve the skin imperfections
which were trying to be corrected.
This type of procedure is recommended given that it is completely
natural, since the fat is taken from the patient’s own
body and no pre-testing is needed to perform the transfer.
It is a perfect alternative for people who are allergic to
bovine collagen and implies minimal discomfort, which is easily
controlled with certain medications.
As with every other procedure, BetterLooks
requires that their patients have a detailed discussion with
their plastic surgeon before
the surgery is performed. By doing your surgery planning,
both parties have the opportunity to contribute in the whole
process and to increase the client’s level of satisfaction.
When speaking with your doctor, please feel free to talk openly
and to express your doubts as well as your expectations. Your
surgeon will help determine what isn’t or what is possible
to accomplish, helping you to improve your looks in the best
In this initial discussion, your
doctor will explain all that the surgery
implies, from where it will be performed, the cost of the
procedure, the risks it may involve, the recovery process
and every other detail so that you are completely informed.
All the different aspects of the surgery you are willing to
undertake must be extremely clear to you.
Make sure to ask your doctor concerning
the diverse details that the surgery entails. For example,
you should know if you should stop taking certain medications
or if you will need to refrain from drinking or eating for
a certain time period before your surgery. It may be possible
that you will need to wash your face constantly before your
operation or you might need to stop taking certain vitamins.
Having a good communication with
your surgeon at all times will help increase your level of
satisfaction, therefore, please do not hesitate to contact
BetterLooks since we will be more than happy to help you with
anything you need.
When preparing for your surgery in Costa Rica, BetterLooks
will make sure to provide the best possible services during
your procedure. We will arrange for your transport and will
offer the best commodities during your recovery. All this
can be arranged previously with our organization.
This type of surgery may require
full body anesthesia if large amounts of fat are to be extracted;
however, it can usually be performed using local anesthesia.
The donor area (eg: buttocks, thighs or abdomen) is sedated
while at the same time injected with intravenous (IV) fluids
so that the fat collection is facilitated.
Using a small needle attached to
a syringe, BetterLooks surgeons extract the fat cells, which
are then treated in a special centrifuge to reduce excess
fluids. With another needle and using a larger syringe, the
fat is re-injected in the selected area in the form of various
thin strands. Since the fat is bigger than other injectable
materials, it is usually inserted deeper into the skin. The
fat then tightens and plumps the skin, decreasing and eliminating
scars, wrinkles and lines.
Doctors are aware that the body
will absorb some of the fat and therefore, “overfilling”
the problem area is a common practice.
The level of pain during the whole
procedure differs from person to person. Although, the discomfort
presented by this type of process if generally mild. Sometimes,
the fat injection is performed without anesthesia, depending
on the area. On sensitive areas, such as around the lips,
sedation is usually applied. Injections on the chin, eye area
and cheeks are less painful.
whole process generally takes around an hour and half, depending
on how many injections are needed to achieve the desired results.
After the procedure, you can expect
some redness and swelling for 24 to 48 hours. Mild discomfort
and itching are common and your recovery time will depend
on the extent of the injections. When the face has been injected
with large amounts of fat, the swelling might last from several
days to several weeks. Since recuperation is different for
anyone, you can consult your doctor before the operation to
discuss what he/she considers to be a reasonable period of
Normally, it takes around a week
to 10 days for a patient to recover completely. You will be
able to return to work and normal activities after only a
procedure is completely natural, therefore, no allergic reactions
are to be expected since the fat is collected from your own
As with any type of cosmetic surgery,
complications are unusual, but they sometimes do happen. In
the case of fat injections, infection is extremely uncommon,
but in the case of its occurrence, it is treated with antibiotics
during a five day period.
information given in this website should be considered as
an introduction to fat injections. Before deciding on submitting
yourself to the treatment described above, we highly recommend
you contact Better Looks directly, so we can answer any specific
question you might have.
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microlipoinjection, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic treatments,
skin depressions, wrinckles,
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correct skin defects, lip enhancement, fuller lips, bigger lips.