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What is fat injection?

One of the important problems that we face as we age is the loss of the existing soft tissue, especially the fat layer. In addition, the thickness and quality of the skin decreases.

In the recent past, fillers have been used in the treatment of these soft tissue losses. However, nowadays, fat injections are frequently used due to both being used for filling purposes and dense stem cell content. Thanks to its dense stem cell content, the treatment of soft tissue losses with fat injection also significantly increases the skin quality in the treated area.


Am I a suitable candidate for fat injection?

Fat injection is a procedure that can be used all over the body. We also use it frequently in breast and butt shaping, especially in facial area rejuvenation. It can also be used to correct deformities caused by previous surgery or accidents.

If you have complaints such as collapses or weaknesses on your face, small deformities or asymmetries related to the breasts, lack of soft tissue in the butt - hip area, you may be a suitable candidate for fat injection.

The problems that we use oil injection in the treatment can be listed as follows:

  • Soft tissue cuts on the face, especially around the eyes and at the cheekbone level

  • Treatment of dark circles on the lower eyelid

  • Breast asymmetries

  • butt enlargement

  • Soft tissue deformities in the body

  • leg thickening


Deciding on surgery

Whether the surgical intervention to be performed is for functional or cosmetic purposes, the choice of your plastic surgeon is very important. The patient should also meticulously follow the warnings of the plastic surgeon before and after the operation.

In the pre-operative examination, existing fat deposits, skin quality, areas with fat deficiency will be examined and questions will be asked regarding your wishes. Your plastic surgeon will explain to you what he expects from the procedure and will question your medical history. Your age, skin texture, racial characteristics and habits (diet, smoking) will be important factors. Moreover, in this first examination, an honest exchange of information will be provided between you and your plastic surgeon for a successful outcome.

After the intervention to be applied to you is planned, your surgeon will inform you about the anesthesia, hospital and the budget of the surgery, and will explain the risks of the surgery.



As in all surgeries, you should stop smoking three weeks before the fat injection procedure, and stop using aspirin and similar drugs and herbal products that have blood thinning effects for the last 1 week.



The first and most important stage of the procedure is the pre-operative drawings. While the patient is standing, it is marked how much fat to be taken from which area and where to add fat.

The type of anesthesia to be used in the surgery depends on the amount of fat to be taken and the area to be operated on. If it is to be done for the face area, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia. However, general anesthesia is required if working on a large area such as the breast or buttock.

The duration of the procedure naturally varies according to the amount of fat deposits and additional procedures to be performed, but takes an average of 1-2 hours.

After anesthesia, first of all, liquid containing drugs (local anesthesia) and anti-bleeding (adrenaline) drugs is given to the areas where fat will be removed. Small holes are drilled. Thin tubes (cannulas) are inserted through these holes and the fat tissue is sucked with the help of vacuum and the fat is collected, washed and filtered in a sterile environment. Prepared oil is given with thinner cannulas to the areas that need to be added.

At the end of the procedure, all patients are dressed in a corset on the fat removed areas.



Post-procedure pain is similar to the stinging pain after heavy sports. However, it can be easily controlled with painkillers and passes within a few days.

If it is done with general anesthesia, the patient is fed and stood up 2-3 hours after the operation. The next morning, if available, the patient's urine  catheter is taken and the patient is discharged with a prescription. The patient can go home immediately after the procedures performed under local anesthesia.

There are small dressings in the places of the holes. A bloody liquid may ooze from these wishes for the first 24 hours. The patient can take a bath on the second day after the operation. Three days later, he comes for a check-up, and then he can return to work and start his normal daily activities, drive a car. In the first three weeks, he should not do sports other than walking. At the end of the third week, the corset is removed. There may be swelling and bruises in the areas where fat is removed. Edema in the areas where oil is given may also continue for up to 1 month. In this process, it is necessary to be careful not to lie on the areas where oil is given.

Some of the fats given to the areas treated with fat injection may melt within 6 months to 1 year after the procedure. For this reason, it is important to go to the controls at the intervals recommended by your doctor and to photograph the process.

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