Lipostructure is used to fill natural and post-accident hollows and malformations by re-injecting fat taken from the patient.
The most common reasons for the procedure
- Filling or lessening of some wrinkles, particularly in the face.
- Filling out of a thin face or to counter the first stages of ageing (particularly lips).
- Facial volume and shape rebuilding: this can include the rebuilding of faces emaciated by ageing.
- Filling in of tissue hollows caused by an accident or malformation.
- Correcting irregularities following liposuction.
It should be noted that lipostructure must always be seen as a real surgical procedure. It must always be done by a competent, certified plastic surgeon who has been specifically trained in the technique and practices in a surgical environment.
Before the procedure
A thorough clinical and photographic study is done of the corrections to be made. When rejuvenating a face, it is particularly important to study the patient’s younger face and to compare it with their present face to fully understand the ageing process. If full anaesthesia is required, a pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. A meeting with the anaesthesiologist is held 48 hours before the procedure at the latest.
D DAY – 10: No medicines containing aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken.
Average duration: from 30 minutes to 2 hours
Lipostructure follows the steps below :
- The procedure starts by precisely locating the areas from which fat will be removed and the re-injection areas.
- The fatty tissue is collected by making a micro-incision hidden in the natural skin folds and using a very fine suction tube.
- The next step is a centrifuging process, which lasts for a few minutes, to separate intact fat cells from material that can’t be grafted.
- Re-injection of the fatty tissue is done via 1 to 2mm incisions using micro-tubes.
After the procedure
There isn’t generally much pain following the surgery. Swelling will appear within 48 hours of the surgery and will take two to three weeks to be completely absorbed. Bruising will also appear during the first hours and disappear within ten to twenty days of the surgery. The areas operated on cannot be exposed to the sun or UV rays for at least four weeks.
It takes three to six months to see the final result. Successfully grafted fat cells will remain alive as long as the surrounding tissue to which they were grafted is alive. However, the results will deteriorate quickly due to the natural ageing process of the tissue. In some cases, localised imperfections may be seen. They can be corrected with additional treatment: a minor lipostructure “touch up” under local anaesthesia can be done starting in the sixth month after the first surgery.
Patients receive a complete information sheet about the procedure during their first consultation. It must be read carefully to enable a decision with all relevant information in hand.