Purpose: To change the shape, contour and balance of the face using injectable materials such as fat and new fillers
Surgery Length: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local or general
Recovery: Temporary stinging or burning sensation
Risks: Infection and Allergic Reaction, Contour Irregularities
Injectable fillers such as autologous fat and other filler materials have ushered in a new age of facial contouring techniques. Autologous fat, which is fat harvesting from the patient's own body , offers a unique advantage and has helped to usher in a whole new age of liposculpture. New advances in harvesting, storing and injection have made it a very desirable option in facial restoration and anti-aging. Autologous fat is especially good for facial contouring and enhancement. Typically fat is harvested from the hip, stomach other area where it is not needed and reinjected into the cheeks, jaw line, lips, brows, eye lids, and to smooth out deep lines such as those around the mouth, and the deep creases of the nasolabial folds (smile lines). The procedure may need to be repeated in order to build up volume, and to compensate for fat that is absorbed by the body. Liposculpture is very useful for correcting aging of the face and loss of volume in the cheeks, brows, tear trough, nasolabial folds, lips, acne pits and scars and underneath the jaw line. Injected fat is long-lasting, though touchups are often required.
- Mr Sanjay Azad advices his patients to take Tablet Arnica (30 strength) once a day prior to surgery. This is a homeopathic remedy which has been found to reduce bleeding and bruising after surgery.
- No make up should be applied on face prior to the operation.
- Do not cut your hair prior to surgery so that the incision can be well hidden.
- Do get a scarf and sunglasses which will be useful after surgery.
- Continue taking Arnica tablet once a day for 2 weeks after surgery.
- Pain killers after surgery are typically a combination of codeine and paracetamol. Avoid any tablets like ibuprofen or diclofenac which can potentially thin the blood and cause more bleeding or bruising. If you have any allergies please highlight this to Mr Sanjay Azad.
- If there is any bleeding through the bandage, please contact the team.
- Do not consume alcohol for 2 days after surgery.
- It is useful to apply ice compresses to the exposed area of the face during the first 2 days to reduce swelling.
- You can wash your hair 3 days after surgery.
- Try not to do too much after surgery and take a soft diet for the first three days. Limit activities such as bending, straining and lifting. Avoid excess neck movements and heavy exertion for the first month. Aerobics should only be done 3 months after surgery.
- While sleeping keep your head elevated (to 45 degrees) by using an additional pillow. This should be used for the first week after surgery.
- Do not go into direct sunlight for first 6-8 weeks after surgery. Also use sunblock daily.
- It is common to have swelling of the face and sometimes bruising of the neck and chest. Bruising typically settles down in 2-3 weeks time. It is safe to apply makeup after the first week to mask the bruising.
- It is useful to massage the face with moisturizing cream after surgery which helps in the settling down process.