Richard Zinn

Richard Zinn is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a special interest in breast and cosmetic surgery.
1 Verona Lane 3002 Melbourne, Victoria
Phone: (03) 8658 6655

Facial Fat Fills

Procedure: Facial fat fills
Indication: Facial rejuvenation, volumisation, scar management, contour restoration.
Duration: One-two hours
Associated procedures: Chemical peel, blepharoplasty, facelift
Anaesthesia: General anaesthetic or conscious sedation
Incision: Minimal access
Length of hospital stay: Day case
Recovery: Five-seven days. Final appearance at three months

Why use fat?

Fat is a tissue that is abundant in the human body. Research has shown that fat tissue can be transferred from one area to another with reliable survival, provided it is correctly handled and processed. It also contains adult stem cells, which can rejuvenate and replace tissue that has lost its inherent function.

When is fat transfer recommended?

There are various reasons to use facial fillers to replace volume and rejuvenate tissue. In the natural ageing process, volume is lost and tissue descends. Naturally existing fat will atrophy in the orbit, temples, lips and nasolabial folds. In some diseased states, and following injury, infection or radiation, tissue may lose its supple quality. Fat can be used to replace and enhance the areas of lost volume and improve tissue quality and consistency.

Other benefits?

Fat deposits in unwanted areas such as the waist, hips and thighs can serve as valuable sources – not to mention the added benefit of liposuction to improve the contour of these areas.

During a short procedure, Dr. Zinn harvests the fat and processes it into a useful, injectable form. Thereafter, he injects the facial fillers into areas of need. Recovery is quick and results impressive. Down time is minimal. Fat, unlike conventional fillers such as hyaluronic acid fillers (HA), is a living tissue. After being injected into the body, most of the fat survives and becomes a permanent solution.

If you are considering hyaluronic filler, and are looking for a permanent solution, consider facial fat fills. In volumes greater that 4-5mls, this may well be a more cost-effective option.